GP in Cameron’s constituency: “Nobody supports the NHS changes”

A doctor in David Cameron’s Witney constituency has said “things are going to fail, hospitals will close” as a result of the health and social care bill.

 

A week ago, David Cameron tried to embarrass Ed Miliband by claiming a doctor in his Doncaster constituency supported the health reforms – a doctor, that is, who has quit his commissioning group and doesn’t even live in Doncaster – yet today, a real doctor in his own Witney constituency has said “things are going to fail, hospitals will close” as a result of the health and social care bill.

The senior GP has told the New Statesman:

“I would say very few GPs are happy with [the NHS reform] at all… [It’s] not a question of supporting it, it’s a question of going along with it… In my practice, nobody supports the changes…

“People think there should be more clinical involvement in commissioning. But I don’t think many people think that GPs are the right people to commission. They need input into it – but if we wanted to be managers we would have trained to be managers, not doctors.”

Adding:

“Most GPs are incredibly worried about conflict of interest. How can you be a patient’s advocate and look after the money?

“A lot of people think the whole thing’s designed to fail so they can bring private providers in. It’s the one big bit of the economy that hasn’t got private money in it.”

And of the effects to patients from the health service overhaul, the Witney GP warns:

“The public have just got no idea what’s hitting them… Things are going to fail, hospitals will close, because the money’s not going to be there. Things will get taken over. And if you’re going to have to make a profit out of it, you’re not going to have the same service.”

This lunchtime, the prime minister was again quizzed over the NHS reforms at PMQs, with Miliband again telling him to drop the bill.

As Left Foot Forward has reported many times before, as the links below show, next to nobody in the NHS supports the changes; now that even a senior GP in his own constituency has articulated that opposition, will David Cameron finally listen?

See also:

Sign my petition to drop Lansley’s monsterDr Kailash Chand OBE, November 24th 2011

Lansley told to his face why his NHS reforms are wrong, wrong, wrongShamik Das, October 14th 2011

Cameron’s fantasy list of NHS reform backersShamik Das, September 7th 2011

Doctors still fear coalition health reformsDaniel Elton, June 27th 2011

So who backs Lansley’s health reforms then?Dominic Browne, June 1st 2011

Doctors tell Lansley: “Stop this bill”Dominic Browne, March 15th 2011

So, Mr Cameron, who backs your NHS reforms? Erm…Shamik Das, February 2nd 2011

42 Responses to “GP in Cameron’s constituency: “Nobody supports the NHS changes””

  1. Blarg1987

    I am annoyed that the LAbour party or the media have asked the follwing question:

    When the Conservative party where last in office they advocated simular policies that led to the privatisation of key industries on which they later stood as board of directors or recieved large donations before and after approving the sell offs.

    Will the goverment improve anti corruption legislation preventing any MP who approves privatisation unable to ever direclety or indirelty be involved with said organisation after retirement from politics and if not make any sale null and void for the same thing i.e. leaving politics and sitting on the board. If not why not?

    As I am sure the goverment would be stuck over the barrel and the health bill would collapse from both public outcry and the media sensing blood 🙂

  2. John Broggio

    GP in Cameron’s constituency: “Nobody supports the NHS changes” //t.co/dMUBRGYW

  3. Miss E

    GP in Cameron’s constituency: “Nobody supports the NHS changes” //t.co/dMUBRGYW

  4. Laura

    GP in Cameron’s constituency: “Nobody supports the NHS changes” //t.co/dMUBRGYW

  5. Captain Swing

    GP in Cameron’s constituency: “Nobody supports the NHS changes” //t.co/dMUBRGYW

  6. Mr. Sensible

    And yet I am reading tonight that the government has used a parliamentary device to railroad the welfare bill through and shut down further challenges in the Lords, and could do the same with the health reforms.

  7. The Big O

    GP in Cameron’s constituency: “Nobody supports the NHS changes” //t.co/dMUBRGYW

  8. chris hayward

    //t.co/V6JDdzof
    How many more voices of very real concern can be ignored

  9. Alison Maltby

    @cpeedell RT @leftfootfwd: GP in Cameron’s constituency: “Nobody supports the NHS changes” //t.co/tHVaSFhy

  10. kim holt

    GP in Cameron’s constituency: “Nobody supports the NHS changes” //t.co/dMUBRGYW

  11. Anthea Rogers

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  12. BevR

    RT @leftfootfwd: GP in Cameron’s constituency: “Nobody supports the NHS changes” //t.co/gEQqxHQ8 #spartacusreport #wrb #unum #atos

  13. health economist

    GP in Cameron’s constituency: “Nobody supports the NHS changes” //t.co/dMUBRGYW

  14. Peter English

    GP in Cameron’s constituency: “Nobody supports the NHS changes” //t.co/dMUBRGYW

  15. Randeep Ramesh

    GP in Cameron’s constituency: “Nobody supports the NHS changes” //t.co/dMUBRGYW

  16. Daisy Cooper

    GP in Cameron’s constituency: “Nobody supports the NHS changes” //t.co/dMUBRGYW

  17. Inna Mood

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  18. Kate McKenzie

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  19. Troy Watts

    GP in Cameron’s constituency: “Nobody supports the NHS changes": //t.co/JQ4b9ZFE by @shamikdas #PMQs #SaveTheNHS #DropTheBill

  20. Rhidian Marc

    GP in Cameron’s constituency: “Nobody supports the NHS changes” //t.co/dMUBRGYW

  21. John Lister

    Is ANYTHING Cameron & Lansley say actually true? GP in Cameron’s constituency: “Nobody supports the NHS changes” //t.co/IHIfzZIT

  22. Celia Kelly

    GP in Cameron’s constituency: “Nobody supports the NHS changes” //t.co/dMUBRGYW

  23. Watching You

    Is ANYTHING Cameron & Lansley say actually true? GP in Cameron’s constituency: “Nobody supports the NHS changes” //t.co/IHIfzZIT

  24. Ian

    Is ANYTHING Cameron & Lansley say actually true? GP in Cameron’s constituency: “Nobody supports the NHS changes” //t.co/IHIfzZIT

  25. Kenneth Holmes

    Is ANYTHING Cameron & Lansley say actually true? GP in Cameron’s constituency: “Nobody supports the NHS changes” //t.co/IHIfzZIT

  26. Defend our NHS

    Is ANYTHING Cameron & Lansley say actually true? GP in Cameron’s constituency: “Nobody supports the NHS changes” //t.co/IHIfzZIT

  27. Kevin Donovan

    Is ANYTHING Cameron & Lansley say actually true? GP in Cameron’s constituency: “Nobody supports the NHS changes” //t.co/IHIfzZIT

  28. Johnny Chatterton

    GP in Cameron’s constituency: “Nobody supports the NHS changes” //t.co/dMUBRGYW

  29. hay

    RT @leftfootfwd: GP in Cameron’sconstituency:“Nobody supports the NHS changes”Will Cameron finally listen? #dropthebill
    //t.co/Z1eezyYW

  30. Adrian Davis

    Is ANYTHING Cameron & Lansley say actually true? GP in Cameron’s constituency: “Nobody supports the NHS changes” //t.co/IHIfzZIT

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  33. Jerry Drew

    We don't know about South Bucks, but not many support health reforms in PM's backyard #pmqs #savetheNHS //t.co/JQ4b9ZFE

  34. Fourbanks

    As i have said time and time again all of those on the conservative fount bench lack creditability i was a specialist in this area before i retied from the bank of England and i can assure everyone here that they would fail in anything that they undertook

    The public were daft enough in voting them in to power and will have to live now with the consequences
    The nhs reform bill will fail and hopefully kill off the government at the next election

    However the welfare reform bill is going through which in turn will kill many in the uk in one way or another before the next election and will need very careful watching at the local DWP level if the deaths are not to get out of hand

  35. Juli

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  36. Duncan Hall

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  37. lesley delves

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  38. Keith Davis

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  41. Karen Webb

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