"The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it"
Aneurin Bevan

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

GPs are slowly forming a view about GP Commissioning

I have always felt that the Ents in the Lord of the Rings were an allegory of the United States; the turning point of the tale was when the powerful Ents decided to give their support to the humans fighting the Orcs.

In Britain, GPs are Ents. Immensely powerful when mobilised, but usually too aloof to take sides. There are now rumblings coming from GPs. Yes, there are some that support Lansley's plans (the NHS Alliance and the National Association of Primary Care are the main cheerleades), but the bulk of GPs are still keeping out of the fray. Now Pulse is reporting that  the GPC is starting to develop a policy towards the White Paper:

"Negotiators are now saying they [GPC] do not support Mr Lansley’s proposal to write commissioning into the GP contract, which they fear would spell an end to the UK-wide contract and substantially weaken their negotiating hand."
The GP Ents are stirring, but will it be enough?

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