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Seems the Government is to introduce an inspection scheme for GPs surgeries - fair enough. BUT, if they fail the inspection, they could end up being closed - thus even less GPs to serve a growing demand. The reason being given, is to empower patients with the choice of GPs surgeries, but they already have that power to change surgeries if they wish; with less surgeries there will be less choice - surely?

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Think closure is a last resort. They will be given whatever help they can use to improve them first.

 

A lot depends on what the criteria is for a "good" practice and a "bad" practice. Most people I know would not really know the difference as long as they got to see a doctor when they were "ill" they would not care.

 

Bit like "good" politicians and  "bad" politicians really. "bad" politician one who is found to be taking "bribes" etc. "good" politician one who is not found out to be taking "bribes" etc.

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Well we're seeing the privatisation of the NHS by stealth and the closure of local provision, under this Gov; so perhaps, just another excuse for cuts?

It might be closer than you are aware.

 

An ongoing "consultation " by the EU crashed when   tens of thousands of 38 Degrees members fed into an EU consultation on TTIP - the trade deal that would enshrine privatisation of the NHS and allow big corporations to sue our government. But the numbers of us writing in caused ‘technical problems’ and their site crashed.

hursdaygovernment. But the numbers of us writing in caused ‘technical problems’ and their site crashed.

 

"38 degrees" is I guess, an action group. You might glean further info by googling their site.

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38 degrees is an organisation that tries to build pressure groups against anything it doesn't agree with. 38 degrees is supposedly the critical angle for starting an avalanche, sounds like a bit of "made up" science to me.

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38 degrees is open to anyone of any political persuasion. What they stand for is dictated by its membership, it merely asks people to email politicians if they feel strongly about an issue. It's what most people should be doing but generally can't be arsed, and if it gets MP's to think before they act then I am all for it.

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A large part of the town is restricted to 20mph under pain of criminal prosecution, and its residents have even paid through the nose for the privileged, due to the activities of a typical pressure group.

Unelected (unelectable in fact) self righteous zealots who get their own way by going straight to the elected self righteous zealots, neatly bypassing all that public opinion stuff...

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No one said that 38 degrees is representative of the wider public opinion, they are representative of part of public opinion that may also be the wider public opinion. However If the wider public opinion continue to say and do nothing then they can hardly blame those that do something. I would argue that if someone like 38 degrees had highlighted the 20 mph issue to the masses then the decision may well have been different. 

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The thing is that if an MP gets a petition from a so called minority pressure group asking for a rethink over a certain policy, he has a number of options. 1 is to ignore it and be accused of ignoring the views of the public, or 2. publicise the bigger petition from the majority pressure group. Unfortunately the bigger petition just like an honest politician doesn't exist .

 

It's all very well a few dozen coming on this forum moaning about 20mph speed limits, but how many actually write to their councillor or mp to complain about it.

 

Minority pressure groups will always exist because the majority don't give a toss.

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Unfortunately, the experience over the last few decades has been of minority pressure groups taking us off on trivial and superficial tangents; with a loss of the fundamental plot.

You need to read George Monbiots article on the subject (2013) Things have moved on since then and now Vince Cable is in the driving seat and was the target of the 38Degrees petition currently listed as over 750000 participants). I'm not sure what stage the treaty is in but is sounds like the "fundamental plot" is a crock of you know what ! Anexcerpt of the article is below.

 

They have good reason to ask. The commission insists that its Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership should include a toxic mechanism called investor-state dispute settlement. Where this has been forced into other trade agreements, it has allowed big corporations to sue governments before secretive arbitration panels composed of corporate lawyers, which bypass domestic courts and override the will of parliaments.

This mechanism could threaten almost any means by which governments might seek to defend their citizens or protect the natural world. Already it is being used by mining companies to sue governments trying to keep them out of protected areas; by banks fighting financial regulation; by a nuclear company contesting Germany's decision to switch off atomic power. After a big political fight we've now been promised plain packaging for cigarettes. But it could be nixed by an offshore arbitration panel. The tobacco company Philip Morris is currently suing Australia through the same mechanism in another treaty.

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Things haven't changed much around here then, the topic quite sensibly started by Obs who quite reasonably commented about the Government introducing an inspection scheme for GPs surgeries and now we are on about some 'crank' group by the name of 38 Degrees, Philip Morris suing Australia and Obs is in China. :lol:

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My wife had to go to the doctor's yesterday for an injection & was confronted with  " would you mind answering a few questions" . Would she mind contacting the doctor instead of A&E , would she mind phone consultations ,& would she like to be resuscitated if circumstances required it . Just a few of what she was asked ,presumably the resuscitation was to do with getting the bill if the system was privatised.

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