On a previous post I included an email exchange with an MP. The MP had responded to one of my emails to MPs, on the topic of GP practice boundaries. The MP said: “I must say that I do have some sympathy with the idea of free registration. I had an excellent GP in XX who I was with from the age of 19 when I went to University. It seems strange that I could not remain with that GP when I only live 40mins away in YY.”
Now most GPs will think it is obvious why living 40 minutes driving distance (according to the AA route finder it is about 34 miles) is not practical. What is worrying is that this well-meaning MP, who is voting on the Health Bill which includes the GP boundary issue, is not aware why 40 minutes/34 miles is problematic.
What is the average MP’s understanding of the structure and ecology of general practice?