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GP practice taken over by trust to ensure its survival

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The mistake the founding fathers of the NHS made was not to Nationalise GP's. They thought people will be so well they won't need a GP and they would wither and die as a profession. 90% of NHS contacts are in primary care for less than 10%(not sure of number could have made it up like everyone else). It is a false economy to salary GP's as John Glasspool rightly points out. In partnerships going off sick puts so much pressure on the others and takes money out of profit to backfill so people don't. I'm not criticizing salaried doctors but there is a different priority as a partner. I met one who said in his partnership the only acceptable certificate to miss work was a death one!! What needs to happen is a sense check with the public about what their GP is for and how much they are willing to fund it. Cutting the rewards means people vote with their feet and the world renowned British primary care will disappear into accountable care organisations driven by financial targets and not care.

Posted date

21 Jul 2016

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5:45pm

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