Hundreds of thousands of patients face losing their family doctor in a “catastrophic meltdown” caused by funding reforms, GPs’ leaders claim.
Almost 100 practices around the country could go to the wall within months because of arcane changes to the way money is allocated, the Royal College of GPs says, as it calls for an emergency bailout.
Millions more patients in other practices could wait longer to see a doctor because of the knock-on effects if surgeries close.
Ministers are likely to resist calls for more money, pointing out that total funding for GPs has not been cut and that the changes are a long-planned “tidy up” of a notoriously complex payment system, under which some surgeries will get more.
The changes are part of a decade-long attempt to make GP funding fairer, but the college says that after years of rising patient numbers as hospitals gobble up the lion’s share of increased NHS budgets, the loss of the extra cash will tip many surgeries into the red…..
I wonder how long it will take for Primary Medical Care (GPs) to follow Dental Care and Eye Care into being covertly rationed, and differently in different Post Code areas/regions?
Update 2nd May 2014: Letter from the RCGP Chairman< Maureen Baker, to the members of the college: