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GP concerns over network DES will form ‘basis’ of talks with NHSE, says BMA


Had a good conversation with my LMC secretary this afternoon . These are my understandings: (1) NHS England has certainly surprised many people as they took an unconventional ( clearly contentious ) approach of bypassing GPC before releasing this draft on 23/12/2019 with the deadline of consultation/feedback one week from today (15/1/2020) . A significant number of LMCs in the country do not routinely have a meeting in January ( Liverpool LMC is one of them). (2) Allow me to be judgemental, this ‘testing the water’ act was disingenuous but also imperious . Of course , this government is now holding a strong majority in the parliament facing virtually zero , pathetic opposition. So if it is to exercise their autocracy , there is no better time . And I do not think it is just targeting at PCNs. (3) The grand plan is always about changing our terms and conditions as well as moving secondary care in a different direction simultaneously. Hence , these new PCN service specifications are , in fact , consistent with what NHSE would want to impose in secondary care . In a way , we (GPs) are to be sacrificed to ensure the sustainability of hospitals . Whatever obtained from vanguard sites is now used as ‘evidence’ to take the rest of us for granted . Thanks to those enthusiastic protagonists in these sites which were obviously funded excessively to ensure some successes . Call me critical and cynical but ‘a scholar prefers death to humiliation’ (士可殺不可辱)(Book of Rites 禮記) . Please do not insult our intelligence anymore.

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08 Jan 2020

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