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NHS GP's Want More Money to See Patients Out of Hours

Politics / NHS Feb 04, 2008 - 02:15 AM GMT

By: N_Walayat

Politics Health Secretary Alan Johnson is writing to every GP in England requesting that they change their working hours to meet patient care demands. The response from GP's doing the rounds on the breakfast TV is to demand more money. More money on top of the tripling in salaries under New Labour. Virtually all GP's are paid well in excess of £100,000 and many in excess of £200,000 per annum. Whilst at the same time GP's have cut their working hours as the NHS primary trusts fly in doctors from mainland Europe to cover for out of hours care for the majority of GP surgeries.


To confuse patients further, GP's mis-informing the public in that GP's pay is being cut, when in actual fact the out of hours service will include funding of an extra £100 million. Most GP's abandoned out of hour care due to the incompetent implementation of the previous GP contract in 2004 which gave GP's 33% per annum pay rises, whilst at the same time many GP's became in effect part-time doctors.

The government now exasperated with the time wasted in trying to negotiate with the GP's representative body the BMA, which has refused requests for an extra opening of 3 hours per week now has taken the step of bypassing the BMA and writing directly to every GP.

The angry response from GP's belies the fact that the reason why GP's no longer perform out of hours duties is due to the fact they are being paid too much ! I.e. what difference does an extra £3k or £4k a year make to a GP that now earns £150,000 per year ?

The government action represents a small step in the right direction after years of incompetence with regards the management of the NHS and GP practice services. For patient confidence to be restored in the NHS the government under Gordon Browns " value for money" ethos needs next to address the area of GP competence , where as many as 15% of practicing GP's are incompetent as per a poll due to be shortly published by the Market Oracle, and research by Breakthrough Breast Cancer

The NHS costs Britain over £110 billion a year and by any measure represents poor value for money, as the tripling in the budget has barely resulted in a 30% increase in output, whilst much of the monies have been pocketed by overpaid managers, consultants, doctors and GP's. The years of 8% per annum automatic increases in the budget are over and therefore the expectations of rejection of double digit annual pay rises are expected to be met by much disinformation and resistance from the NHS professionals as the UK economy goes through at least 2 years of economic weakness.

By Nadeem Walayat

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Comments

JE
13 Feb 08, 00:12
NHS Article errors

Your article is full of too many factual errors

There is variation across UK Average income of full time partner private and nhs income £90-100 000

Average GP work is 50-60 hours despite 60-70% of new GPs being female and requiring nominally part time status

The out of hours contracts were transferred to private providers as it was thought that they would be more efficient - performance worse/satisfaction worse/A+E attendances increased massively

Independent assessment of GP performance Commonwealth Institute (Cambridge USA) ranks UK primary care as best in the world.

This is despite 60 GPs per100000 in uk vs 160 in France and 100 average Europe/Australia/USA.


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