I have reflected for over 2 years about this. If the proposal to allow patients to register with any GP in England, regardless of where they live, is so stupid, how is it that all three main political parties back the proposal, the Department of Health backs the proposal, journalists do not question the mechanics behind it, and, in the ‘Consultation’ over three quarters of the members of the public who responded allegedly backed the proposal?
I would say there are a variety of reasons, but all in the end come down to a misunderstanding of the situation, of the facts. This misunderstanding is the result of:
Ignorance (wilful and unwilful)
Stupidity (to different degrees, reaching at times the grotesque)
Misinformation (wilful and unwilful)
‘The Plot Against the NHS’
Bad Faith (a future post)
(other suggestions welcome)