Calling in the newstateman a Senior GP in David Cameron's own constituency tells New Statesman "things are going to fail, hospitals will close".
In an exchange over the government’s controversial health reforms at Prime Minister’s Questions last Wednesday, David Cameron cited “a supportive GP who hails Doncaster Ed Miliband constituency.
Sophie Elmhirst travels to David Cameron’s own Whitey constituency in West Oxfordshire, where a senior of a Local GP practices tells her:
- “I would say very few GP are happy with the (the NHS reform) at ... not a question of supporting it, it’s a question of going a long with it.”
In my practice, nobody supports the changes...people think there should be more clinical involvement in commissioning. But i don’t think many people think that GPs are the right people to commission. They need input it- but if we wanted to be managers we would have trained to be managers not doctors.”
The GP adds:
- Most GPs are incredibly worried about conflict o interest. How can you be a patient’s advocate and look after the money? A lot of people think the whole thing’s designed to fail so they can bring private providers in. It’s the one big bit of the economy that hasn’t got private money in it.”
Of the effects o patients from the health service overhaul, the Whitney GP says:
- The public have just got no idea what hitting them ... things are going to fail, hospitals will close, because the money’s not going to be there. Thing will get taken over. And if you’re going to have to have to make a profit out of it, you’re not going to have the same service.
In the same report, Elmhurst speaks to Dr Paul Robin, the chief executive of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Local Medical Council. Which covers David Cameron’s Whitney constituency. Speaking about health and social care bill, currently working its it way through the House of Lords, Robin, a retired GP, says:
- It’s a major change which is quite experimental at a time when the NHS is trying hard to save money. The timing doesn’t seem to be good. Among GPs there’s a huge spectrum of enthusiasm from those that think commissioning will work to those who think that think that think it’s another fad in the NHS and will soon pass.”
There is a large bulk in middle just watching events, and waiting to see what happens. The are slightly perturbed – they didn’t go into medicine to do that sort of thing commissioning and it’s a distraction from actually seeing patients.”
Many GPs are fed up with continual NHS restructuring ...The actual jobs...takes back seat for many years while the structuring is taking place. It’s a very wasteful process.”
Robin issues a personal message to the prime minister:
- Produce an environment where people within the NHS can concentrate on what really matters which is patient care rather than structural reorganisation. Because continual change is draining and wasteful. They describe it as modernisation. I think they should stop using that political euphemism.