Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the Royal College of GPs, said it was ethically questionable to prioritise cash savings over patient care [Image: Sam Friedrich for the Guardian/Twitter].

So now the Tories are trying to get GPs to ration hospital referrals and decide who receives adequate treatment and who doesn’t.

This is not only “ethically questionable”, as Royal College of GPs chair Helen Stokes-Lampard has claimed – it is potentially homicidal.

We can all see why it is being done – to save a bit of filthy lucre so the Tories can trump up another tax cut for the filthy rich, and to create further unrest about the state of the NHS by faking a claim that there isn’t enough money in the UK to provide adequate care for everyone.

Let us be perfectly clear:

There is plenty of money in the UK to provide the best health service in the world.

The problem with the NHS is a greedy Conservative government that is trying to drain all the money in the sixth-strongest economy in the world upwards to the richest people in it.

It is outrageous that the Tories are trying to force GPs to make these decisions.

GPs are being offered cash payments not to refer patients to hospital, in a move which leading family doctors have criticised as ethically questionable and a risk to health.

NHS bodies in four parts of England are using schemes under which GP practices are given up to half of the money saved by sending fewer patients to hospital for tests and treatment.

The disclosure by the GP website Pulse about the controversial “profit share” initiatives operated by the four NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) has triggered a row.

Critics said the schemes were the latest example of NHS bodies increasingly resorting to the rationing of care to help them operate within their budgets.

Source: GPs offered cash to refer fewer people to hospital | Society | The Guardian

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