No “healing” the country or the 4 health services yet

Whilst politicians argue about who can spend most on health, and since they are trying to provide a “quick solution” in too much of a hurry, there are wise heads in the profession who could be listened to. Unfortunately nobody who is voting for Brexit trusts anyone, which includes politicians, lawyers, and all and every expert. The fact that waiting times in A&E are the “Worst ever” only matters to those who have to use A&E. (We don’t have one as ours has been predesignated as “Emergency and Urgent Care” centre, which presumably excludes accidents and trauma…. Nobody locally knows this yet! Is A&E more important than General Practice? GPs have more experience than those who see you in A&E. The long term rationing of medical school places is to blame…

Professor Goddard in today’s Times  (14th November 2019 ) writes: 

Sir, It may sound promising to hear Jonathan Ashworth pledging £1 billion more per year to train GPs under a Labour government (“Invest to stop people becoming ill in first place”, Nov 13), while the Conservative Party has also pledged to increase GP appointments (“Tories vow to cut waits with 50m more GP appointments”, Nov 9), but in reality, neither of these commitments will deliver more doctors for the NHS. It’s all very well to increase GP training places, but in exchange, which specialties will we train fewer of — physicians, psychiatrists or emergency medicine doctors? All of them have their own shortages.

We need a commitment from the next government to double the number of medical students so that when it comes to increasing the number of GPs, nurses and other medical professionals, there exists a sufficient workforce to do so.
Professor Andrew Goddard

President, Royal College of Physicians
London NW1

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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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