So we can all sleep more easily in our beds tonight. After all, the BMA’s GP committee has had ‘discussions’ with the DHSC and NHSE/I. And these bodies are going to respond this week.
With what? With proposals. What sort of proposals? Firm ones. For what? A package. A package of what? A package of support. Support for who? For general practice, of course.
OK, so we have firm proposals for a package of support for general practice. If that sounds like vague, arms-length, empty-promise waffle, that’s because it is.
But there’s more. Apparently, these firm proposals for a package of support for general practice will tackle, ‘Abuse/aggression, low morale and an unmanageable workload’. When? ‘Quickly’.
So, just to clarify. It would appear that the media’s and public’s negative attitude to GPs, our proportionate reactive depression, and our long term and hitherto insoluble, crucifying workload issues are going to be solved, this week, with a click of some ministerial fingers.
Well, that’s great. It just seems strange that such decisive and effective action can come from a department which currently can’t actually decide whether the appropriate vision for general practice is their original digital version or the current media-and-public pandering face-to-face one.
What it does seem certain of is that patients should have a relationship with GPs that ‘goes beyond picking up the pieces when things go wrong’. Which is another vague statement, but one which certainly doesn’t sound positive about, or supportive of, GPs. And which therefore gives me no confidence that the firm proposals for a package in favour of general practice will be anything other than more vacuous bullshit.
Empty gestures, the winter from hell and the ongoing campaign of GP abuse means nightmarish nights necessitating the self-administration of Z drugs. And that’s the only reason we can all sleep more easily in our beds tonight.
Dr Tony Copperfield is a GP in Essex. Read more of Copperfield’s blogs at http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/views/copperfield