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Saving the NHS. Are the politicians even talking to the practitioners?

By: The Leader @theleaderspeaks
Published: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 10:43 GMT Jump to Comments

What needs doing to secure the future of the NHS is under debate. The major parties hardly differ in their prescription. NHS insiders, however, don't necessarily see things their way.

After listening to the brave words about the future of the NHS from both the Conservative and Labour conferences, The Leader visited his GP. Nothing serious, I hasten to reassure you, just the sort of nagging lower fundaments problems any ex-cavalry officer might expect in later life.

Prone, sans culottes and very much at the digital mercy of my old friend Dr Freddy, I did my best to hold up my end of a conversation about what the politicos plan for General Practice. Dr F's opinion of the plans announced by both major parties in September are sadly not fit to print. Suffice to say that what my GP was doing to me was a gentle version of what he felt Messrs’ Cameron and Miliband were planning to do to GPs.

I have been listening, on my iPhone, to RealityBites, a weekly podcast conversation about healthcare between our publisher Joe Tibbetts and Ben Gowland, who runs one of the new, GP-led Clinical Commissioning Groups, based in the East Midlands. For the last three weeks they have been focussing on General Practice. It may sound odd for someone like me to be getting involved with iTunes and podcasts but my old standby BBC Radio 4 is so dumbed down now its essential to look further afield for informed debate about anything serious.

The strange and worrying thing is that the picture of the problems to be solved in General Practice that you get from listening to Gowland and Tibbetts is a very different to the one the major political parties are trying to sell us. So do you believe them, or Cameron and Miliband?

RealityBites - The National Healthcare Conversation:  General practice - terminally ill or fit for a cure?

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