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'Seven-day access will not happen with the current constraints on GPs'

Dr Krishna Kasaraneni, chair of the GPC’s education and training subcommittee, reflects on the ‘angry’ mood at today’s LMCs Conference due to the Government’s recent pledge to introduce seven-day GP access, despite the profession ‘struggling’ with workload already

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  • There are just not enough GPs to provide this. We need to differentiate between A&E, Urgent/Acute on chronic relatively minor illness and management of complex conditions. Not all of this needs to be available 7 days a week

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  • Our public is getting 7 day access already. OOH is no more for urgent cases only. It has become a default services for just about everything from back pain of20 years to to "my keloid" is sore to real urgent cases which actually need a 999 ambulance.

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  • It will happen over dead bodies if it has to - this is how the government and NHSE function. The question here whether politicians can swallow their pride and concede it's not do-able or whether in the glorious political tradition we will see it happen and then hear in a few years as the PM lays a wreath at the grave of NHS 'Lessons have been learnt'. How dumb do you have to be to be repeating the same autistic phrase and not really learning anything along the way.

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  • There are a number of online sites that we could use to send out a mass resignation letter. Just Google online petition or online resignation letter.

    Hamish Meldrum did this in 2001, but I don't think our current BMA representatives will do it, for whatever reason.

    The online letter would be automatically sent out to all GPs' NHS email addresses. It can also be optimised for social network sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Pulse Magazine could also help.

    The letter of resignation would go along the lines of stating what GPs would do e.g. Number of consultations per year per patient for the £126. Consultations over and above this limit would be charged directly to patients. The letter also should outline the proposal to develop our own private health insurance package that could be set up using any number of insurance companies.

    I'm afraid I'm too tired and worn out to do this myself, besides I shall shortly be retiring anyway

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  • Yeap, only over our- experienced GPs dead or fleeing bodies-- that could and would come true ...Cassandra we do not need you here....
    yes, indeed, I am repeating myself : hoopla here - hole there ..still hoopla

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