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Government reels as GPs refuse to revolt

 

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Friday, 13 May 2011

Government reels as GPs refuse to revolt

Government sources expressed shock this week after a group of GPs published a letter of support for the reforms.

The sources said the coalition had been completely wrong-footed by the move which was described as “unprecedented and baffling in the extreme”.

 “I just don’t understand why they would do this,” said one official, who declined to be named.  “We had been led to believe that GPs were completely against the policy. The fact that some of them are apparently happy with the direction of travel came as a complete shock.”

A spokesperson for a GP representative body, who declined to be sane, said: “This is a disgrace. Nobody consulted us before this letter was sent. Millions of patients will die if they read it. We have written to the prime minister demanding he tears up every letter that doesn’t come from us.”

Government advisers admitted that there would now need to be a complete rethink of the rethink.

One said: “The pause will be put on hold while we consider if we need to make substantive changes to the changes we had already planned or if we simply need to stop and think about it all for a bit longer. We have yet to work out whether this means policy will speed up or slow down or indeed whether it will go into reverse going forward.”

Observers who had been forecasting a U-turn said that a further U-turn would have disastrously boring consequences.

Editor’s note: All characters and events portrayed are fictitious. No DH officials were harmed in this production.

 
JohnRawlinson2
JohnRawlinson2 says:
May 13, 2011 08:27 AM
Very good - I was a bit quick on the draw with my earlier comment!
njsevenoaks
njsevenoaks says:
May 13, 2011 09:11 AM
Love it! Made me chuckle and has brightened up my morning :-)
allans
allans says:
May 13, 2011 10:06 AM
It's time that David Cameron told Nick Clegg to shut up and allow GPs to carry on testing the reforms until 2013. Yes there are amendments requiring to be made but saying that no bill is better than a bad bill is not at all helpful. While the government are 'pausing' many of us are getting on with the job.
abooth2
abooth2 says:
May 13, 2011 10:09 AM
So this is a "we're on a break" moment? The Gov will go on with the reforms, and then when the RCGP send another letter, the Gov will say "but, we were on a BREAK!!"
rweinstein
rweinstein says:
May 18, 2011 08:20 AM
Most agree the NHS is a black hole which sucks money, is never full and always wants more. This cannot go on.
As we all know, the NHS was set up to provide a basic level of healthcare, free at the point of delivery.
As with all monoliths, the NHS has gradually taken on a life of it's own, ever increasing in size and complication.
For example. My discipline is Audiology.Sounds simple enough, Px comes in, test, fit, leave. Trouble is, different audiology departments fit different hearing aids, so lets say a Px comes in from another area with a problem, To rectify that problem with the current issue usually costs more in time than a total replacement, which is what invariably happens. I see this happening on a daily basis where I operate. EXpand that over the whole NHS distribution chain and the costs are enormous.
The answer is obvious, back to basics, limit the issue and save money.
The main problem is, the solution is simple and without the will and the leadership,I fear nothing will alter.
So here we are now, with superb products, available to fewer people with less staff.