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GP practices in struggling town forced to re-open patient lists


1)discuss with GMC and MDU and ask in writing from both what their advice is in this situation- if you are being forced to practice unsafe medicine /lower your standard of care because of lack of appropriate resources -In my view what you are being asked to do also goes against the Hippocratic Oath -in the first instance "do no harm" and in this situation the significant danger for any patient is that they feel they are going to receive an appropriate standard of care. they wont -and it isn't their fault/or the professionals if you don't have the resources-.Iam in the twilight of my professional career having been qualified for nearly 42yrs .I can remember back when the doctors in our PCG advised the PCT, at times,what we would and wouldn't do -because sometimes we were asked /told to do things that we thought were wrong -and given very little time in which to do them -I think there were about 40 gp's in our PCG -and when we all agreed not to do them the PCT backed down - for me it was and I suspect is the same in this situation -DO the right things for the right reason - discuss amongst yourselves ,agree a decision with LMC support and stick to that decision unless new information/resources become available .I have always felt that the profession via the colleges/BMA/LMC's /and local practices,at times should be advising the government what they can and cannot do professionally including safely and not always be accepting of what we are told to do. I genuinely feel for everyone in this situation -the state of the nhs is currently the worst I have experienced in my career and until there is COMPLETE honesty from all those involved in the nhs and the department of health - we will continue in a downward spiral

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25 May 2018

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