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.