Tuesday, 4 October 2011

A sign of things to come?

Today's Guardian reports that at a health centre in York, GPs have written to patients telling them that certain minor operations (e.g. ingrowing toenails, mole removal) will now cost them a fee, as opposed to being carried out for free under the NHS.

John Appleby, chief economist at the King's fund, believes that this exposes a huge conflict of interest because:

"...the GP is earning money potentially from referring the NHS patient to his own private practice."

Are we going to have to get used to this?

For the sake of the NHS I sincerely hope not. Labour really need to start making an extremely big deal of this. Let's hear the same Ed Miliband we heard during the News International hacking affair.

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