The government’s latest move to run down the National Health Service will replace doctors with so-called “physician associates” who do not have the required seven years of training but have instead been studying for just two, according to The Independent.
According to the paper, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt (whose name was once infamously-mispronounced into a rude word that now seems more appropriate every day) said “the ‘new class of medic’ – described as being somewhere between a doctor and a nurse – was necessary to free up ‘busy doctors’ to deal with more serious cases.”
It seems the job has existed in the USA’s vastly inferior health service for about 50 years, indicating that this is yet another step in the Conservative Party’s plan to reduce the NHS to a similar shambles.
The announcement should be tripping more alarm bells in your head than real ones if there were fires all down the street you’re sitting in.
- Hunt is saying that NHS patients no longer deserve to see a qualified doctor at the point of contact.
- He is saying doctors will deal with “more serious” cases. How do they know whether your case is serious if they haven’t seen you and how could they trust the diagnosis of someone who isn’t a qualified doctor?
- Furthermore, what does he mean by “more serious” cases? Is he obliquely referring to more of the creeping privatisation his party has introduced into our once-great health service? Does he mean “paying” cases?
- The last time this government used people who weren’t doctors to provide medical opinions was on Work Capability Assessments for Employment and Support Allowance – the infamous “medical professionals” supplied by Atos (and now other companies as well) – and we all know how well that turned out, with hundreds of thousands of wrong decisions, many of them politically-motivated in order to meet targets plucked out of thin air. The cost of appeals has been enormous and many thousands of people have died because of the huge amount of stress and anxiety foisted on them by the system. Will this be the same?
“The associates will be paid £30,000 to £40,000 or about half the salary earned by doctors,” the newspaper states.
In other words, this is just another filthy attempt to save money at the cost of your health.
Words cannot describe the contempt in which you should hold Hunt and the Conservative Party.
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