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Archive for February 23rd, 2012

Peter Bailey: poisoned chalice

23 Feb, 12 | by BMJ Group

It is now just over three weeks since I saw my last patient, hung up my stethoscope, and retired. A GP with time to think! Just imagine what might happen. Among the first fruits of this contemplation was the personal view of the Health and Social Services Bill that I submitted to the BMJ which was published under the tag “Primary Care Duped.” The press release prior to publication alerted the media to my article and I had calls from the BBC, the Guardian, the Morning Star, and from Sky television. Just before a live TV interview with Rupert Murdoch’s lot, I had a call from Mr Lansley’s office, asking me to ring as soon as possible. Straightening my tie and pushing a copy of Gray’s Anatomy down my trousers in anticipation of a thrashing, I phoned. A very polite young man, clearly weary from the burden of dealing with waves of opposition to the bill, gently told me that I had misunderstood key elements of the bill. In particular, he assured me that PCTs were not really being abolished, that the managers who staffed them were not really leaving, and that the transfer of financial responsibility to Clinical Commissioning Groups and GPs was just an administrative device to ensure that PCTs became more responsive to clinical advice.  The managers who were previously PCT employees would transfer seamlessly to the Clinical Commissioning Groups and no one would really notice any difference.  And no, the private sector would not be providing all the commissioning support. more…

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