Children plan parents’ care from a distance – GP Closures will increase inequalities, and reducing trainee pay will add fuel to the fire.

Recently I wrote about my own parents. The Nursing home crisis is upon us. There is not enough space or money for everyone. It is good for me to be reminded of the pressures of modern society in the UK, and trying to help my siblings to arrange and fund the best care package for my parents who are over 300 miles away. My family are lucky to have one of us close at hand…… The threatened closure of GP Surgeries through lack of applicants for posts will complicate things for elderly people in care even further. Self-employed GPs may refuse to take on more than a certain number/percentage, which would then mean allocations and further resentment. Citizens in rural and less popular areas are going to have to travel further to obtain GP services – Regressive – thus increasing inequalities. Threats to GP trainee pay (David Millett on the 6 January 2015 in GP Magazine) will exacerbate the problem – and long term too, as  many of these altruistic doctors find sanctuary elsewhere in the world. Fuel to the fire.

Rosemary Bennett in The Times 20th January 2014 reports: Children plan parents’ care from a distance 

Adults are having to make crucial decisions about elderly care for an ageing parent online and on the phone because they live so far away, according to a major care provider.

Bupa says that people aged over 35 live, on average, 100 miles away from their parents, with those in London even further away, at 205 miles.

The private care provider says that children have to research options and manage inquiries from a distance without really getting to know an area or the care homes within it.

“We regularly speak to people who feel a sense of helplessness that they do not have time to visit care homes or do the hands-on care research they would like to,” said Rebecca Pearson, at Bupa Care Services.

Consumers can use the independent Good Care Guide, which offers reviews from past and existing residents.

January is the busiest time for care providers as children see their parents over Christmas. Google data this year is already showing a spike of 37 per cent in searches compared with other months.

The figures were compiled by Anchor, a care home provider, which said it has also received a surge in inquiries this month. Jane Ashcroft, the chief executive, urged families not to leave it until a crisis to explore options.

The Ledbury Reporter 16th Jan 2015: GP crisis looms in Kington

Steve Bagnall and Amelia Shaw in the Daily Post 20th Jan 2015 report: Warning over ‘looming GP crisis’ in Gwynedd and Wrexham

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

1 thought on “Children plan parents’ care from a distance – GP Closures will increase inequalities, and reducing trainee pay will add fuel to the fire.

  1. Lomond Handley

    One of the major blights and diseases within our ailing NHS is the presence of so many superfluous and overpaid pinstripes and number crunchers infesting the top layers of management throughout our NHS., fat cats in those ivory towers, trousering hefty salaries and cosy pensions, as well as cushy expenses, whilst doing Sweet Felicity Arkwright in actual terms of work within our NHS.
    Some of them even manage to collect a gong or two, as well as peerages or other titles, along the way.
    Many of those individuals who manage to get appointed to cosy jobs in their ivory towers, often manage to obtain them, not through what they know, but by who they know. Cronies and chums who use their influence to get them appointed.
    Absolutely disgraceful and not good for the health of we ourselves , nor that of the rest of the nation !


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