The health secretary’s latest attempt to court popularity with GPs has seen ‘Whitehall sources’ tell the Daily Mail that the Government is removing requirements to socially distance in GP practices. Phew, because that was the only thing that was preventing GPs from seeing patients face to face.
It seems as though this is one of the measures that will be announced as part of the ‘support package’ that is due to be announced imminently. This ‘support package’ is set to remove bureaucracy from GPs. This is a measure so good that they’ve announced it hundreds of times, and I for one am excited to see how they won’t remove bureaucracy once again.
But let’s face it, this won’t be a ‘support package’ for GPs. Yes, there will be some bones thrown to GPs, but it will go the way of the 10-point plan, the GP Forward View, the PCN DES, all of which looked fine at first glance but turned out to be far more work for a bit more funding.
In reality, this is a ‘support package’ designed by the health secretary solely with the Mail and the Telegraph in mind. Everything Sajid Javid has done so far suggests that he is quite happy to sacrifice any remnants of good will to appease the right-wing press.
The kicker is that, when it becomes absolutely clear that the ‘support’ is offering little, GPs will be further disparaged for failing to support patients themselves despite this ‘support’. And then we will further wonder why GP numbers are falling. So my sources tell me.
Jaimie Kaffash is editor of Pulse. Follow him on Twitter @jkaffash or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org