Pulse has published an article on the resistance by GPs to extend their practice boundaries. I have posted the following comment to this article:
When a practice decides on its practice boundaries, it needs to be clear about the ecology of the practice’s functioning. What are the outer limits in allowing the practice to deliver good quality primary care, in an efficient, cost effective, and safe way? This should be the prime, and perhaps only, consideration.
GPs should resist firmly policies that undermine the ecology of good quality British general practice.
The policy to abolish GP practice boundaries is, when you scratch the surface, a hollow shell, an illusion, which will introduce all sorts of problems and give only a limited number of resourceful individuals ‘choice’.
If this policy was a financial product, it would be charged with gross mis-selling.
It is very important in the coming months that the GP community become more resolute and clear about this, and refuse to implement changes which will cause the service to malfunction. It is important that this issue becomes more public, and that mainstream journalists gain an understanding of how general practice functions. At present, they rely on press releases from the Department of Health’s media centre.
For a series of posts on the stupidity of this policy, click here