An open letter to Jeremy Hunt...

Dear Jeremy, 

I do hope you are well – no I really do, as there may not be much NHS to left to deal with any illness you may have soon. 

I have some questions and comments for you, which you may find helpful – if you do please let me know; there’s plenty more where this came from. 

  1. Do you realise that in every single area in England there is already 24 hour 7 day GP access? It’s called Out Of Hours. The alternative to GP surgeries being closed is NOT A&E, but to contact the Out Of Hours service, perhaps you could remind the general public of this? This is already being funded, so no need to fund again, perhaps just bolster it a little = massive savings!

  2. Re the above, do you realise that the overwhelming majority of users of general practice are the elderly, followed by the very young? All of whom have no difficulty in attending appointments within contracted hours. So why have the probability of a huge increase in spending to service the needs of the few who find it difficult? Here's a radical idea - why not make it obligatory for employers to allow staff time off to attend GP appointments? In one fell swoop, you save money by passing on the cost of making GPs available to employers = massive savings!

  3. Please can you and all your like STOP making patients believe that THEIR GP can be available 24/7.

  4. You risk going into the annals of history for all the very worst reasons if you kill off family doctoring - it is the most popular, respected and loved part of the NHS bar none, despite the best efforts of the Daily Mail et al - destroy it at your peril!

  5. Have you ever considered asking someone from general practice how it works? What is needed, what isn't? And if they have any ideas about how to make it better? Just a suggestion, rather than listening to people who don’t have the faintest idea. Radical I know, but you may learn something.

  6. Do you know there is a world outside of London? And if so do you realise that what works IN London more often than not does NOT work outside London? In fact it often makes things much worse and costs a lot more trying to make urban solutions work in wide ranging rural areas (Darzi centres a massive case in point, imposed on all CCG areas, whether they needed one or not - How much did they cost?) = massive savings! 

That's enough for now, Jezza - Good luck.

Oh and by the way, this could be just as easily addressed to the other Jeremy, Mr Corbyn. None of you will rest until you have fiddled, fudged and flayed the NHS generally, and general practice specifically, into non-existence. BUPA here we come? 

Love and best wishes x


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