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Election result gives GPs a chance - let's not waste it

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Who else is doing a little dance of glee this morning?! This is probably one of the best possible results for general practice. We all knew it was unlikely there would be a full change of government, and were hoping against hope there wouldn't be a huge majority.

This outcome means we have leverage - there is no overwhelming mandate for the Conservative party to continue their policies on the NHS unopposed. We have an opportunity to challenge them, point at the results and highlight that the voting public are unconvinced by their record on the NHS. It's almost like they have noticed the lack of GPs and the huge increase in waiting times...!

And while Theresa May and her team are still grappling with what this means for Brexit, maybe we should be there with a cup of tea and a shoulder to cry on, sliding our plans for saving general practice quietly onto their desks.

We now have to actively dictate the direction of travel with a united profession. We need to offer colleagues alternatives to resignation, but ways in which - if the government, NHS England or CCGs are not doing their part - we can ensure there are consequences.

This result gives us a chance - let's not waste it.

Dr Zoe Norris is a GP in Hull

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  • With the Tories now getting into bed with the DUP, let's hope our unfortunate GP colleagues in Northern Ireland have a chance of rescue.

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  • I cannot bring myself to provide Mrs May a shoulder to cry on, nor a cup of tea. They say that harbouring a grudge harms its bearer but when I was made aware of her utter moral degeneracy that was exemplified by running wantonly through fields of wheat I realised that I am less than the forgiving individual I thought I was.

    Maybe I can twist this into some kind of self-reflection and chuck it into my appraisal.

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  • I am not sure my interpretation is the same. The changes in primary care have been 15 years in the making under both parties. The direction of travel is from the DOH (i.e civil servants). I don't think anything will change..(although I hope it will)

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  • Chaos, could never be a better time for mass resignation from the NHS, and a more to private + copayment. But it will never happen, we will struggle on trying to give everything to everyone for free, and then when we have 20% inflation, interest rates at 10% or more common sense will again prevail as someone sorts out the mess, and so the cycle will continue. Though there will only be a few gullible idiots like I left in GP land as all the sensible youngsters will be in Can, Aus or NZ.

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  • Mrs May just answered your article with a middle finger, Zoe.

    Jezza will continue.

    Enjoy Monday morning, people.

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  • What chance?

    The way I see it, like with brexit, the people have spoken - they have spoken for the dissolution of the NHS, dementia tax, and no funding in social care.

    If they come to me for help, I cannot provide it - they made their bed, they need to lie in it. I am done fighting for their greater good and to protect a service they clearly dont want - they are on their own.

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