Letters: Which version of general practice will survive?

I was interested by the juxtaposition of two articles in last week's GP.

The first on Dr Simon Fradd's assertion that 88 per cent of GPs were superfluous to requirements and the second reporting Dr Laurence Buckman's comments that the lack of partnership opportunities for young GPs was the biggest threat to general practice.

Dr Buckman should be regretting supping with Dr Fradd and his like-minded negotiators when, as members of the GPC negotiating team, they scrapped the old basic practice allowance, despite warnings of the consequences.

Turkeys do not vote for Christmas and sadly GPs will not appoint new partners if the salaried alternative is cheaper.

Dr Fradd and his ilk see the new GMS contract as an opportunity to build empires with salaried employees, whereas Dr Buckman appears to have seen the light and wants to promote the appointment of independent profit-sharing GPs, a model of general practice that has served both GPs and patients well.

Dr Buckman should start thinking about new financial incentives for GPs to take on partners, otherwise the 12 per cent of us who survive Dr Fradd's cull will end up working for him in a polyclinic.

Dr Michael Golton, Rotherfield, East Sussex.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Medical examiners to scrutinise deaths in community settings

The MDU's Dr Kathryn Leask explains how the expansion of the medical examiner system...

Person receiving a COVID-19 booster

COVID-19 booster campaign to start on 5 September, NHS England says

The COVID-19 booster programme will begin in care homes and for housebound patients...

GP consulting room

Nine in ten GPs fear their practice will struggle to cope this winter

Nearly nine in ten GPs fear that their practice will struggle to cope this winter,...

BMA sign

BMA elects new deputy chair of England GP committee and chair of Scottish council

Dr David Wrigley has been elected as new deputy chair of the BMA's GP committee in...

UK money

Almost half of practices say income from private fees has fallen in past year

Almost half of GP practices have seen their income from private and professional...

COVID-19 vaccination centre

BMA raises 'serious concerns' about GP workload and funding for autumn COVID boosters

The BMA has raised 'serious concerns' about the workload implications of this autumn's...