Ah, unions eh?

Doctors hit back at NHS bosses over orders to see patients face-to-face

The particular joy being:

The BMA said the change by health officials was “tone deaf”, suggesting it had been issued in reaction to media coverage “rather than based on the needs of the profession”.

They don’t even bother to fake a concern for the needs of patients, do they?

19 thoughts on “Ah, unions eh?”

  1. Apparently GPs need more support on infection prevention… Now, I know they are at the thick end of the profession but you’d think they’d have an idea.

  2. All patienta arenumworthy supplicants to be kicked away from the flower strewn path of rhebpriestly caste of OURNHS GPs.
    Its what happens when you give them gatekeeping powers.
    In the 1st world healthcare systems on this planet where people can choose their own GP and/or bypass them for the specialist direct, Drs are a lot more accommodating – Funny That.

  3. “The needs of the profession”.

    Not unlike the approach of teaching unions towards belatedly resuming their sole function.

  4. At the time of writing, there’s over 1100 comments at the Tel. All negative and the top comment reflects your point, Tim. Clearly middle class Tel readers are well pissed off with their fellow middle class GPs. And rightly so.

  5. I think this is brilliant. For the first time, large numbers of ordinary Brits are taking a realistic look at what they are being forced to pay for. There’s probably an obfuscatory Latin term for “feet of clay”.

  6. I’m with Sam Vara – the middle class taxpayers need to start flexing their muscle with their MPs and pointing out they expect to get what they are paying for – a service.

  7. Hold on- i think there’s potentially very significant efficiencies here. Hancock needs to, study and understand the things that can be missed/ misdiagnosed when not face to face pronto and then act to make sure the taxpayer captures the lion’s hare before these contractor businesses do.

  8. Interesting to note that I can get a face-to0face appointment with a GP this afternoon, or tomorrow morning at the latest, if I’m willing to pay for it. “Private” GPs seem to have a somewhat more relaxed outlook on C19 than their nationalised colleagues.

  9. For the first time, large numbers of ordinary Brits are taking a realistic look at what they are being forced to pay for.

    GPs are the most commercial / “privatised” part of the NHS and currently the most obviously worthless, so most people are likely to conclude that the answer is more socialism.

  10. GPs aren’t “privatised”, they’ve been private since the founding of the NHS. They are all independent contractors with their services bought by the NHS, just as much as Smith & Nephew surgical dressings manufacturers.

  11. PJF: if you think your local GP surgery is run by a bunch of part time idiots more dedicated to stuffing their bank accounts with NHS for vaccination quotas, cholesterol screening and trannie care, above the well being of individual patients, good luck finding another practice that isn’t similarly incentivised.

  12. In the US the very first teachers union negotiation wasn’t going well. When asked “what about the children” the union rep replied that he’d give a rat’s ass about the kiddies when they started paying union dues.

  13. Lots of GPs have put in a poor performance. Our own practice may have had its reputation saved by its role in a “club” of practices that organised vaccinations for us. They shone at that.

    I suppose that the GPs might argue that “we were pretty dud but nowhere near as bad as those fucking schoolteachers”. Schools are so near to a monopoly-owned public service that they should have trade union recognition withdrawn.

  14. @ jgh and Ljh
    – just to be clear I wasn’t suggesting that what most people were likely to conclude was correct.

    I used to regularly point out to people railing against NHS privatisation that their GPs were private contractors. Right now it’s probably best to keep quiet about that.

  15. I sneeze in threes

    I recall with fondness that when some forward thinking GP group in Wandsworth set up video consultations a couple of years before covid, you had to switch to them as your GP (but they would do face to face if necessary) the response by the rest of the profession and the left assumed the end of the world was coming.

    The chance for a quick video call is potentially useful and should be part of the options available. I guarantee though if we get back to normal the vast majority of GPs won’t offer any video calls because that would lead to a patient making a choice and we can’t be having that.

  16. A couple of solutions occur to me. Cut their money if they won’t do their job, or my preference, give the patients vouchers.

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