I am a GP. I am not a member of a political party. I work hard trying to provide a good service to our patients in Tower Hamlets.
I am grateful when policy makers come up with policies which support us in doing a good, sustainable job.
Unfortunately, in recent years this has not been the case. All too often, the politicians and DH have introduced policies and directives which make our job harder.
The Health and Social Care Bill is a prime example. It is difficult not to feel contempt for the political class and for Parliament. Politicians do not seem to understand how the various parts of the NHS work. They have misled each other to pass this Bill.
The NHS Competition regulations (SI 257) made under the Health & Social Care Act 2012 are a case in point. Assurances were made to CCGs (of which I am a member) that we would not be compelled to put out all services to competitive tendering, and now we see that these regulations contradict these assurances. This is an act of deception.
Please ensure that this is debated fully, preferably in both Houses.
The Tredegar Practice
35 St Stephens Road