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Andy Burnham: Why general practice should move towards a salaried model

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham talks exclusively to Pulse about why GPs should be predominantly employed by large health and social care organisations

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  • Wasn't it Andy Burnhams "Labour" Government who essentially "Privatised" General Practice in 2004???

    Always guaranteed change after a general election there is nothing so sure!!!

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  • You know what lets just hold off until next election. i am sick of deing dictated to by the grey suits who do not have a clue about anything !!!!

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  • yipee
    guranteed annual leave
    40 hr per week
    can go off sick whn i get a sniffle or sore throat
    not have to worry about finding another GP to do my locums
    with my income going down expenses going up
    almost looking forward to this
    shame it will cost the government a lot more to run a salaried servcie

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  • This is about control. Anyone remember the control freakery of this guy ? There may be a place for bigger integrated care organisations but we need to keep control. New Labour were the initial architects of privatisation by stealth and we can be sure this is who he wants to run these organisations - not us

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  • Harry Longman

    Easy offhand words from Andy Burnham sadly failing to appreciate the value of the independent contractor model. Sustainable, local, accountable, providing committed continuity of care for decades. That's what will go, the bedrock of the NHS, if Andy's throwaway lines become policy. Evidence evidence evidence.

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  • I believe it is the best way forward.
    Integrated care with GPs at the centre of decision making and having the combined resources of Health & Socisl Services to best meet the needs of people under their care.

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  • SALARIED GP will increase cost of providing service and reduce personal care. let them make it salaried . they will regret is. when i worked 7 days a week i poured my heart out to patient care. if they can provide cost of staff and premises,, let them. today i counted consultation fee per patient for me as locum. it was £13.66. this includes nothing else except just surgery. how cheap service it is. partner go do it even cheaper. bring on salaried gp and destroy general practice as it is . good for gp not for patients

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  • This idea would be guaranteed to wreck British general practice. How short sighted can one politician be?

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  • GPs will be happy, but is it the end game?

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  • These politicians are such idiots.
    They just promulgate changes sitting in their towers without talking to real people.
    I am actually looking forward to this as I currently work all the hours God sends including weekends / when I am ill to cope with the ever changing goalpost of the govt trying to hang onto my income . If one becomes salaried I will feel no guilt and drag myself into work when ill because I feel I am letting my partners will clock in and out of work as our salaried gps currently do . Unfortunately the patients will be the ones to suffer but then again they might come to appreciate too late just how hard Gps work .. Ultimately this is the aim of the politicians irrespective of the party because they envy us the independent contractor status which to be honest is not what it used to be anymore. They will either enforce it or make us so frustrated that we throw in the towel and opt to give it up ourselves. The nhs is being privatised slowly.

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