Category Archives: A Touch of Politics!

Letter from a Junior Doctor

Usually the December edition is quite light-hearted. But alas the NHS is facing unprecedented challenges and in view of the impending action by junior doctors it seemed appropriate to tell their side of the story. I fear that the government and media are likely to spin the story a different way. The following letter is… Read More »

New Contract

We discovered a month ago that our contract with the government to provide your care could be rescinded by the government without any discussion with the practice at all!! This is a surprise because when we signed the contract 15 years ago we had a lot of guaranteed safeguards in place. What I hadn’t appreciated… Read More »

Euphemistic government

The government loves euphemisms. Euphemism is in itself a euphemism for saying that something is one thing when you really mean its something else. The classical one is when a prime minister states that he has ‘absolute confidence in the minister ….’ Which means I have absolutely no confidence in the minister and his P45… Read More »

24 / 7 NHS

Several patients have recently asked me how we intend to implement the Government’s flagship program of 7 day access to GPs. When asked such questions I revisit some of the emotions when I first heard the Prime Minister making promises prior to the election. Incredulity, frustration, annoyance, anger and (reluctantly) acceptance. I think Mr Cameron’s… Read More »

Special Election Edition

There was a time when the dates of general elections were decided on the whim of the PM, but one of the first acts of the coalition was to fix elections to a 5 year cycle. I find it hard to believe that our policy makers didn’t think of the possibility that the next election… Read More »

Shame and Blame

My previous rant this month has been on one of my favourite subjects, my frustration with the government and political interference with the NHS. When things go wrong it invariably seems to me that society (led by the Daily Mail) needs a scapegoat, it needs someone to blame. If someone has made a mistake, they… Read More »