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22,000-patient practice forced to hand back contract over GP shortage


There is no transparency in how primary care is funded and the payments to practices vary hugely even in the same area. Having been forced to disclose on our website how much we earn we have more sympathy from our patients. The direction of travel is towards a fully salaried model with no continuity of care like they have in the US in some of their ACO's. I have patients that travel back from the US to see me as it is cheaper and they can be assured I am not medicalising their problems in order to get repeat attendances. No-one has asked the public what sort of primary care they want and how much they are willing to pay for it. Most are shocked that their annual care costs are so low and that primary care is so poorly financed and under valued. Once bigger practices start to fall like a house of cards we all will because demand will rise in those that are left until they too collapse. Then it is those terrible doctors who left the NHS which is why it will have failed.

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02 Aug 2017

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