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The truth about GP waiting times


(1) Take the point some patients have 'different' needs . But then the questions are :what is the majority and minority ? How big and small of them respectively? (2) Justice is about maximising welfare(well being),respecting freedom and cultivating virtue/morality. (Michael J Sandel). (3) With this current level of resources , we surely cannot provide the 'ideal' welfare or happiness to everybody . The freedom for everybody to book routine GP appointment 12 hours a day , 7 days a week , is only a dream under current circumstances . This freedom , in fact , is head on collision with the virtue of general practice - continuity of care. What is the guarantee that 'referring back to your own GP' is not a prevalent outcome in this new 7 days 12 hours every day system ? Is the moral conviction here is about counting the number of appointments or this virtue of general practice is so fundamental that it rises above this calculation? (4) I suppose the only compromise I could imagine is each local region to have its own 'referendum' of which direction to travel. Otherwise, I stick to my argument of all weekend routine appointments should be self funded under current level of funding.

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09 Feb 2016

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