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Revealed: How online GP company Babylon can sign up millions of patients

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All the technocrats are hyper-anxious to find 'solutions' to crises right now, particularly Londonian ones .That includes those 'solutions' betraying the virtues and social norms traditionally honoured by a big institution like NHS. Yes , there is a statement of 'doing things differently' . But it does not mean renouncing the code we have been serving for long time.If general practice is really , as proclaimed , the jewel of the NHS's crown , these virtues and norms should have even more protection against any ideology for the sake of providing a political solution. Confucius was very much emphasising the 'WAY' (道)a regime was governing its people . When it lost the WAY , people suffered and deserted amid all the signs of the times. If you look at this government on the whole , you wonder where and what is its WAY? The domino effect of faltering offices within the government is astonishing : *Home Office led by a Home Secretary plagued by multiple terror attacks around general election arguably related to resource cuts in intelligence and police force by her big boss when she was doing the same job. 'Poor Amber' also had to play 'deputy prime minister' in front of television every time there was a crisis ( as the PM went AWOL so often). Like the US Secretary of State (who constantly found himself contradicted and embarrassed by totally opposite comments against his public announcements, from his big boss ) , I worry that they will soon develop generalised anxiety disorder(GAD). Poor Amber certainly looked really uneasy on TV. *Then , MOD when the long established Defence Secretary had to resign in face of this nuclear bomb called 'sexual harassment' just dropped in Westminster. The number of potential casualties in all parties is rising and the devastation to the ruling party and its cabinet is undoubtedly unfathomable. *Almost simultaneously, the Foreign Office underwent two bankruptcies of credibility in just a few days . First , you have Foreign Secretary failing to do his homework properly before speaking to the select committee in House of Commons on foreign affairs , now found his comment being used by Iranian government to convict a British-Iranian lady a crime of subversion while she was on holiday with her little daughter since April last year. A sentence of five years or more is now on the table. This is , of course , in addition to numerous embarrassing comments in public made by the Foreign Secretary as well as his arguably treacherous 4000 words essay in Daily Telegraph about Brexit. Even worse to the Foreign Office ,the secretary of international development had to resign tonight because of a series of secrert meetings with Israeli politicians during her holidays , without informing the office. All these(including the unanswered responsibility questions in Grenfell Tower disaster )happened in merely just five months . One can blame to some degree on the distractions from Brexit but the objective conclusion is the government has lost the WAY. While we(GPs) have already got used to NOT believe anything said by our longest serving health secretary, you wonder where is trust on this government going to come from? Perhaps , just perhaps , the prime minister does have the 'heart' to do the right things but this political circumstance is certainly beyond her capability to remedy.

Posted date

08 Nov 2017

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9:31pm

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