This site is intended for health professionals only

At the heart of general practice since 1960

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.

Rate this article 

Click to rate

  • 1 star out of 5
  • 2 stars out of 5
  • 3 stars out of 5
  • 4 stars out of 5
  • 5 stars out of 5

0 out of 5 stars

Have your say