Letter: New contract fails both GPs and their patients

Dear Editor

It is generally admitted that the new GMS contract has been far from ideal. Intact GP expertise has never been used properly or to its full extent. We were simply engaged to treat the symptoms of minor illnesses over the past decades and then came the new contract full of promised health reform.

For GPs it has been a mountain to climb and for patients there seemed hardly much noticeable change - as hospital waiting remained static and GP surgeries were still full to the brim.

For all this, a colossal amount of NHS budget has gone into management, points collection and tough yet worthless targets achievements.

The UK is among the richest and most advanced countries on the globe but its people remain desperate. They still expect an urgent solution to their ongoing health-related problems which, they notice, continues to be denied to them.

Dr Hari Nawal, Bedford.

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