Why are GPs considering closing their patient lists

Below is an FAQ composed and supported by the people named at the end of the document. The document is to be used to explain the reason why GPs are considering such a significant move. GPs are reaching breaking point and we must make the government sit up, listen to the professionals and fund and support the NHS and general practice adequately.

Charges to see a GP

On June 29th 2017 at the annual BMA meeting of UK representatives I proposed a resolution that stated -


That this meeting opposes charges for patients:-

i)  to see a GP;
ii) if an appointment is missed. 

The resolution was passed with a significant majority and now becomes BMA policy. It was an important moment at a time when many commentators and some politicians are saying 'we need an honest debate about what the NHS can afford' which is doublespeak for 'lets bring in some charges to use NHS services'.

This was the speech I gave......

The BMA has clear policy supporting the 1948 founding principles of the NHS – comprehensive care free at the point of access available to EVERYONE funded from general taxation
We see a growing call to introduce charges to see a GP.
This will introduce a consumerist approach to healthcare. A consumerist approach will become part the doctor patient relationship. That will corrode the relationship w…

A Porsche or a Ventilator?

We've seen the government announce they want to borrow money from City hedge funds to prop up the NHS finances. In effect this means taxpayers will be funding a hedge fund dealers new Porsche rather than buying a neonatal ventilator. Tax payers will be fleeced and huge interest payments on this deal will go to the hedge fund meaning less funds are available to the NHS for direct patient care.
I've written an article in the BMJ on this and you can read it here...
Do leave a message on the BMJ website on how you feel about this. 

A new low?

A new low seems to have occurred with the government publishing a form that has to be filled out by women who have been raped.

The government recently pushed through changes to child support so that any family having a 3rd child cannot claim this support. This was hugely controversial and was voted through due to the Tories having a Parliamentary majority.

One aspect was around a woman who had been raped and thus had a 3rd child due to the rape. The government felt they needed to check women were not making the rape up so came up with this form for women to fill out.

What they have failed to grasp is that many rapes occur within a relationship yet they ask of the woman to declare if they are not living with 'the other parent'.

How will this make the woman feel? How many are likely to own up to this and fill the form out?

It is so heartless and despicable of this government to do this.

Even if you agree with the fact that a 3rd child is not deserving of any child benefit (many …