Dr Kailash Chand said the view that GPs only work nine-to-five is nonsense [Image: David Sillitoe for the Guardian].

GPs’ threat to disaffiliate from the NHS in England because of Theresa May’s attempt to scapegoat them for the current humanitarian crisis is, of course, exactly what she wants.

It will bring the NHS in that country significantly closer to closure and the introduction of an expensive private service for rich people only.

(Yes, you’ll be able to buy insurance – probably from Unum. Just trying getting them to pay out when you need it!)

Call me an old stick-in-the-mud if you want, but I am ideologically opposed to giving selfish tyrants, like Mad Mrs May, what they want.

So, if doctors feel they cannot remain in Mrs May’s NHS, how about forming charities, to continue providing free healthcare in spite of her?

If you are a doctor, you might want to start considering how this could be set up now – the legal aspects and the funding streams that would need to be set up.

This crisis is all about pretending that British doctors, surgeons and medical staff cannot cope because they are lazy or bad at their jobs – and This Writer will not accept such nonsense.

If Mrs May sees that she won’t have her way – no matter how stupidly she acts – she might eventually give up.

I’m not saying forming charity health organisations is the perfect solution – just that people of good conscience need to think about defeating the Tory strategy. Perhaps someone working within the English NHS has a better idea.

In any case, a future Labour government will restore the publicly-funded health service to the proper standard, so any emergency measures need not be expected to be permanent.

Theresa and her Tories must be defeated here. Much more depends on it than simply the NHS in England (and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, whose funding is dependent on the English service receiving cash).

Let’s have a contingency plan ready, for the moment the worst prime minister in UK history does the worst thing she possibly can. Because I think she will.

Family doctors and medical leaders have rejected Theresa May’s demand to move to a seven-day week, with one prominent GP warning that it could lead to mass resignations.

Dr Kailash Chand, a former deputy chair of the British Medical Association, said GPs were so angry with government attempts to scapegoat them for the crisis in the NHS and chronic underfunding that they could disaffiliate from the service.

Downing Street told surgeries in England on Friday that if they refused to move to 8am-8pm opening, seven days a week, they would lose funding unless they could prove there was no demand from patients.

Chand said: “I think making this particular statement at this minute is essentially scapegoating. [May] has got to find something, she can’t blame [the health secretary] Jeremy Hunt for this, or her own government.

“She’s got to find a scapegoat and GPs are probably the easiest scapegoat in this way because your rival papers, like the Daily Mail, all the time are giving the public the view that GPs don’t work and GPs are working only nine-to-five, which is nonsense.”

Source: May’s scapegoat attempt could spark mass resignations, says top GP | Society | The Guardian

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