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Why won’t the Government listen to evidence on seven-day GP access?


A little harsh to paraphrase -- "you don't like it here so go away". Just the kind of sentiment oft expressed by the BNP. As I sit in my consulting room on my Dell PC, Ikea chair prescribing GSK drugs and using my Littman Steth I realise that the NHS is made up of a whole bunch or private organisations all being bound together by a notion, a pension scheme and a salary scale. You are right that underfunding is one cause but merely throwing Billions at a government dept will not solve the problem of a system that is free at the point of abuse. Currently the NHS behaves more like a communist bureau (5 year forecasts anyone). I am nervous of a free for all but all I know is that where competition and freedom prevail conditions do improve for the punters. I'm old enough to remember British Rail / Telecom / Leyland. It's not just the states that charges most of not all but our system has some fee for entry even a prescription charge, 83% of our patients don't even pay that and if you look at the names on the returned unopened boxes you'll realise that the worst non compliers are the ones that get it gratis. That which has no cost has no value.

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26 Oct 2018

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