Family Doctor Association For Patients who want to see a GP they know and who knows them.

Back to Soap Box

A&E: the perfect storm.

by Dr Michael Taylor

 If as Mephistopheles I wanted to destroy the British NHS there are five things I would do, gradually, incrementally, imperceptibly.

I would make more people il,l or think they are ill, by medicalising normality. I would turn risk factors, such as obesity and hypertension into diseases to drive more people into the system more frequently in the name of Health

I would then cause anxiety almost panic within the gatekeepers of the service with threats of punishment, spurred on by no win no fee legal parasitism and hyperactive regulation in the name of Justice.

I would increase the complexity of simple care to make every doctor patient contact fraught, difficult, inhuman, even scattering red flags of danger in all electronic health aids in the name of Safety.

I would then make the primary entrance to the system narrower and the previously narrow secondary access to the hospitals wider, in the name of Convenience.

I would then have Harry Hardnose write simplistic exaggerated leaders in The Times.

Yours etc,

Michael Taylor (GP)

Login to post comments

Latest News

GP partnership review - what does it say to today's GPs and tomorrow's?
Dr Nigel Watson's interim report is published here.  The mythbusting ...
WHO evidence on value of continuity of care in an integrated system
The WHO Framework on integrated people-centred health services shows robu...
Our unique platform for you to exchange ideas. Views on NHS changes, Solutions to a problem, Idea to share, Your concerns, Your opinions, Find out more