Rip-off parasites urge Bristol GPs to push patients towards paid operations – accelerating plunge to privatisation

Emerson’s Green Treatment Centre is run by UKSH, owned by Care UK.

It’s bad enough that NHS patients across the UK are being told they can jump the queue for GP appointments by paying to see a private doctor instead.

But now the company running an NHS treatment centre in Bristol has decided to use it for profit as well as service, and is asking GPs in the city to push the service onto their patients.

This betrayal is exactly what we knew was coming; in line with ‘nudge’ theory, the profit-grubbers are nudging us into paying for private health care.

This would not be possible if the Conservative government had not spent the last seven years de-funding the NHS in order to worsen the service and push desperate patients into the arms of the rip-off merchants.

Yes – rip-off merchants. We are already paying for our health care. If the government is pushing us into paying for a profit-making company to provide a service we have already funded, that is a rip-off.

The sooner Labour gets back into office and strips out the parasites, the better.

GPs in Bristol have been given a shopping list of self-paid operations to offer their patients so they can avoid NHS waiting lists.

The operations, while freely available on the NHS, are also being offered by company Care UK for up to £9,000 at their Emersons Green treatment centre.

Care UK, owned by private equity firm Bridgepoint, are one of the largest care companies in the country. They already provide these services for free to patients on the NHS at Emersons Green but they say their new self-pay scheme will let those who can afford it get around “the pressure of growing waiting lists” and gives GPs “greater options to discuss with patients”.

But campaign groups and Bristol GPs have expressed their anger at being asked to recommend the paid procedures – one doctor called it “part of the dismantling of healthcare”.

Source: GPs in Bristol urged to encourage patients to pay to beat NHS waiting lists for routine operations – Bristol Post

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  1. Stu December 6, 2017 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    My own GP practice tried to force cheaper, dangerous respiratory medication on me which I overturned but not before suffering all the nasty side effects for a month.

    Now they are stopping certain services that they say are no longer funded such as Pregnancy tests and ear syringing – definitely the begining of a two-teir NHS.

    The government want to push patients towards private pharmacies.

  2. Paul Rutherford December 6, 2017 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    At least the Bristol Post are pointing out that these procedures are available free already, and reporting on the anger of (at least), some GPS.

  3. Neilth December 6, 2017 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    Every patient that pays to jump the queue pushes another, less wealthy, patient further down the list. So potentially sicker people with have to give way to less poorly people who happen to have £9k to spend.
    Still we’re all in it together aren’t we?

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