I have written a series of six articles for Pulse covering the GP practice boundary issue. For the text of these articles, see my separate blog
Are you a GP? Think about signing the petition…..
[How can they be so stupid? For the series of 14 posts made on 5/6/12, click here; scroll back and start with number 1.]
[Is the 'Choose Your GP' Pilot a confidence trick? Click here ]
I am a GP in Tower Hamlets. My name is George Farrelly. My wife and I have been the GPs in a small practice called the Tredegar Practice for 22 years. We have two part time GP colleagues and a GP registrar working with us. We are very grateful for their contribution.
This blog aims to protest and to inform. My main point is this: the politicians and planners are making promises to you which are unrealistic and unworkable; & they are making demands of us which we cannot meet without going crazy. I am protesting against some policies. Not all of them are mad, but some are. The problem is that the whole system gets subverted by these few policies. I am protesting mainly about two policies; no doubt there are other mad policies, but I leave it to others to highlight these.
If you are a patient living in our practice area and want to register with us: you can register with us provided we have not reached our capacity. If we exceed this capacity then the quality and safety of our service is compromised. The present GP Contract (2004) requires us to register all comers within our practice area. We cannot do this without self-destructing. For more information…
If you are a journalist: the current problem of patient registration has not been highlighted in the press. Read on to understand the problem. Moreover, the government wishes to change the current structure of general practice and allow people to register with the practice of their choice, anywhere in England: this is an extension of our current problem and is quite mad. For more information…
If you are a politician: All three main political parties are in favour of the idea of letting people register with the GP of their choice. Yes, it sounds like a good idea. But you really need to understand the implications of this: it makes delivering quality care more difficult, is less efficient, requires more resources, and is at times unsafe. You need to understand why, ultimately, it cannot work, for technical reasons. For more information…
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