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What do GPs owe the NHS?


Great article Nigel! I have just seen a patient with a verruca who is fed up paying his chiropodist £35 per time (8 minutes approx.) to sort out his wart and wanted me to "cure" him for free. I just had my cat immunised and de-wormed at the vet in 10 minutes for £130 and overheard someone else paying £1500 for their pet to be treated. Gone are the days where people valued the NHS and doctors because no money changes hand. It is perceived as free and as such valued as worthless. So much is made of the founding principles of care irrespective of the ability to pay. It is used to ethically challenge doctors to provide for free because we have forgotten the tax payer was meant to pay the doctors to provide. We don't value the care system and then blame it when it lets people down. It is always blamed on evil private providers cherry picking and putting profits before patients, that argument has worn so thin. The profession I joined 26 years ago has been so denigrated that it is no longer attractive to the high calibre students who used to compete for places at undergraduate or post graduate. We have slept walked into the next evolution of care. A two tier system of those that can pay and those who have to take their chances. Sadly it will take a generation to get the best back.

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27 Oct 2016

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