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The Government’s agenda is clear: to cut GPs’ pay

‘The Government’s agenda to reduce GP income used to be hidden. It isn’t any more’ says Dr Hadrian Moss

GPs’ self-employed status has been a thorn in the side of the Department of Health for decades (‘Investigation: GP practices at breaking point’).

In fact, if you were designing primary care from scratch, you’d want lots of clone GPs all doing the same thing and being paid much less than full-time GPs get now and they would have to cover the full 24 hours, 365 days a year for the same pay.

The Government’s perception is that GPs are overpaid for what they do; hence the increasingly punitive QOF targets and contract changes that will result in most GPs experiencing an increasingly rapid decline in income.

The Government’s agenda to reduce GP income used to be hidden. It isn’t any more.

Dr Hadrian Moss, Kettering, Northamptonshire

Readers' comments (2)

  • no one cares Dr Moss as exemplified by no responses or the other option is that you are not a Dr and you are under pseudonym and are actually a stool pigeon against doctors
    For what its worth , the Media are the problem and John and Jane Doe only get their ideas from the media and media is in the pocket of the government or vice versa

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  • Gary Young

    I'm inclined to disagree with your analysis of starting from scratch Dr Moss, although I do agree Whitehall has been trying to unravel the GP model almost since inception. An army of cloned salaried GPs would not achieve the continuity of care resulting from the independent status traditional partnership model, as no half decent salaried GP would spend 30 yrs in one practice serving one community. The current model of General Practice is highly cost effective in real terms and the NHS, much maligned at the moment, has one of the highest value for money ratings of any health system in the world on evidence based research. It’s a shame that in the midst of argument and rhetoric both sides seem to increasingly blind to some of the most obvious truths.

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