I know, yes, hilarious isn’t it? Capita’s contract has been extended. That fish in that barrel has already been shot by our esteemed editor, so let’s give them a break, shall we? Besides, it is only for another £94m, and what does that buy in this era of rampant inflation? And it’s only for another three years, which is only a bit longer than the average pandemic these days, albeit probably twice as damaging.
Besides, another news story caught my eye – the one about Pulse’s survey revealing that half of the existing GP workforce plans to retire at or before 60. No great surprises there.
Though it does fit very neatly with the Capita story. Because PCSE, the organisation responsible for primary care, ahem, support (that’s what the name says), and operated by GPs favourite private outsource company, seems to be as on top of pensions as I am of an acutely leaking aortic aneurysm.
So that’s how the inexplicable is explained. The Government has finally realised that in the absence of 5,000 new GPs down the back of a sofa, it’ll simply have to stop the retirement tsunami Pulse’s survey is predicting. Solution? Reappoint Capita for another few years. That way, retiring, or attempting to, will be even more stressful for GPs than carrying on working.
It’s almost like they know what they’re doing.
Dr Tony Copperfield is a GP in Essex. Read more of Copperfield’s blogs at http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/views/copperfield