I was just settling down to write a short missive on the quandary of a parent contemplating flu vaccination for their young child when the BBC news started.
I was shocked to see that the headline story was about some hospital Consultants earning in excess of £100,000 annually in overtime. This was heavily criticised by various commentators on the news piece, with the reporter saying that these consultants were playing the system, and Professor Alan Maynard, an expert in health policy and former chairman of a hospital, said NHS trusts often faced a "challenge" managing consultants. ‘They don’t always keep to their job plans and then get to do overtime. I think there needs to be much more transparency about consultants pay’
Is this story politically motivated I wonder?
All this in the same week that the government’s plans for improving cancer outcomes announced an additional £750 million over four years by giving GPs powers to ‘save an additional 5,000 lives’ each year.
Health is always political, and none more so than now (both sides of the
Atlantic), but I don’t understand why the spin appears to be so biased in favour of GPs who are being handed 80% of the healthcare budget in the very near future.
Have GPs suddenly become some kryptonite-challenged superheroes, snatching control of patients from the grasp of failing hospitals and greedy consultants? I really don’t think so.
Do GPs have blue tights and red underpants under their business suits or do they change in handy telephone boxes to save the NHS, give patients choice, cure cancer, control maternity services, keep the nation healthy and maybe morph before shimmying up some buildings at the same time? Mmm – not convinced.
Does there have to be goodies and baddies in the NHS and how come the GPs are the heroes and hospital staff the villains? Andrew Lansley, the
Secretary of State for Health has decided to put all his NHS reform eggs in the primary care basket and I hope he won’t be disappointed with the outcome. UK
Effective and well planned clinical pathways are crucial to patient care and recovery. These pathways often include a GP, maybe a trip to the emergency department, a hospital stay, surgery, then nursing and maybe therapy to aid recovery. Each healthcare professional is equally key along this pathway.
How fascinating that The Health Services Journal, the publication most likely to have a really accurate finger in the NHS pulse, published the results of their analysis today, reporting that nearly 1 in 5 GP practices are underperforming across a significant number of quality and performance measures
I wonder why that little nugget didn’t make headline news today?