GPs offered cash to refer fewer people to hospital in ‘ethically-questionable’ Tory scheme

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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7 thoughts on “GPs offered cash to refer fewer people to hospital in ‘ethically-questionable’ Tory scheme

  1. aunty1960

    been doing this for a while and it being policy

    also, trying to find it, but way back 2012 maybe KPMG arm of Atos Unum etc said clearly on their own website in their blog they were sick and tired of the arrogance and opposition of the doctors to their changes by raising ethical and standard ideas and patient and duty of care. In this blog they said THEY WPOULD BRING THESE DOCTORS TO THEIR NEEDS AND TEACH THEM A LESSON WHO WAS BOSS.

    I probably made a not and filed a link somewhere

    wd love to find it, in middle of much homeless cold and going from one place to another snow dastardly

    Ialso made a note of the plan way before 2008 where it was said the hoipoloi needed taking down and putting in their place and where EU was seen as competition instead of a fellow market and tarding partner and they wer going to purposely bring EU down by collapsing an economy in one of the minor lower economic countries first such as greece or portugal.

    the aim not being greece but whole of EU and stength and stability or the stronger EU countries and economies by making them tilt and shift their balance and risk their all by trying to save the struggling collapsed countries.

    It was the overall destruction of the EU and western european economy which some bright sparks in USA saw as competition and a rival to be brought down and acquisitioned and asset stripped as if countries were companies

    Tired.In Pain. In too much trouble and persecution and opposition for what I write

    I need to lay down and die

    |I told everyone to make records of everything that was happening because this is history and it will be denied and covered up or wiped from the internet system and any archives

  2. Ange Frost

    i recently hanged gp, when trying to obtain an appointment was offered a phone call, followed by an out of hour gp at the local hospital, after waiting 5 weeks to get an appointment, i finally got in to my appnt and my own gp said i wioll refer you to the hospital, when i got to the hospital appointment some months later, it was with a gp . i thought thet was a waste of money to the nhs my gp should have dealt with my issues

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