The people of Norfolk will need more doctors – so will we all if GPs are all going to work weekends and Bank Holidays

The Eastern Daily Press has several recent reports on the GP crisis, which to them is one of access and availability, rather than one of poor manpower planning and a bankrupt political system. The rural areas will suffer most as the financial noose tightens. Post election we may see co-payments and overt rationing if we are to avoid civil unrest.. The recruitment of GPs is at a low point, as are their emergency skills, and lady GPs with a young family will not be impressed by this change to our contract.

Norwich GP surgeries could open on weekends and evenings

A poll by the uninformed will surely get a positive result: Poll: Should Norwich GP surgeries open on weekends?

Cancelled operations are legion during the winter months. Remember this Hospital was a PFI (Private Finance Initiative) about 10 years ago: Norfolk patients tell of cancelled operation stress

Why our hospitals are feeling the strain of winter pressures

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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.

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