A microcosm of the whole – Cardigan GP practice disintegrating slowly…

The GPs working in Cardigan Health Centre are long suffering. Their premises are not up to standard and they have been awaiting new ones for years. Finally they are being built but recently the GPs  handed in their notice to terminate their contract from April 1st. A last minute reprieve occurred when one of the partners agreed to remain part time for a year rather than retire. What this will mean for patients remains to be seen, but NHSreality has predicted that primary care might degenerate like dental care. Various media sources are listed below… There will be 8000 patients for two doctors when the part timer stops work. The result of prolonged undercapacity rationing of professional training.. It takes 10 years to train a GP. Wales takes in 200 per annum, and retirement is at a greater rate as GPs disintegrate themselves.. Where will the extra 400 come from, and when?

17th May1985 – Hospital plan is unveiled, Cardigan Tivyside

20th June 2006: – Doctors raise concerns over hospital future

21st Jan 2014 – GP: “We’ve been misled and patronised” (Teifiside advertiser)

1st March 2014 – Cardigan health centre work ‘to start in 2015’ – BBC News

14 Dec 2014 – Plans unveiled for new care resource centre for patients in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire

23rd June 2015 – Plans for £20m care centre in Cardigan given approval

18th March 2015 – Another delay for new Cardigan health centre

16th Nov 2015 – ‘Make your future part of our future here in Wales’ Health Minister Mark Drakeford urges junior doctors to train, work and live in Wales

18 Nov 2015 400 more GPs are needed in Wales to avert a ‘deepening crisis’, says Royal College

20th Jan 2016 – Work on health facility could begin soon

23 Jan 2016 – Health watchdog warning over temporary hospital boundary changes

1st December 2015 – Pembrokeshire has most empty GP posts in Wales (Western Telegraph)


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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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