Why I still oppose this mad OTC drugs policy
In its five-year plan for the NHS, the Government appears to want more of everything. More providers of care, more GPs with a special interest and more walk-in centres. More nurses to provide active case management of chronically ill people, more one-stop health centres and, at the heart of it all, more choice for patients.
More money and yet more reform is supposed to make all of this happen. GPs will welcome some aspects of the plan, notably the ability to take over some commissioning from PCOs. But they can't fail to notice what this grand vision means for them: more competition, more pressure and more upheaval.
They will also notice what is missing: more support for GPs in practice now and more GPs to deal with the extra work in future. GPs are the foundation of the NHS and attempts to build up services without strengthening general practice are destined to crumble.