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Article in the Mail on GPs

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Before I start, I have to clarify that I do not normally read the Mail but its half page headline today was definitely eyecatching...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/health/healthmain.html?in_article_id=434677&in_page_id=1774

If the research behind this article is robust(apparently it is based on a survey conducted by the 'Hospital Doctor'), unlike the usual fare from the Mail, it definitely says a thing or two about the confidence of GPs in the system that is entirely built around them...

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That's hardly news; in fact, I'm surprised it's so low.  I myself am considering private insurance, and am looking for one that doesn't have lots of exclusions e.g. dental work.  I recently had to get three opinions (the final one private) regarding an extremely painful wisdom tooth, and would have had the wrong tooth extracted if I had not smelled a rat.  I then had to wait for two months before the (correct) tooth could be extracted under the NHS, with the dentist referring me to 'oral medicine' which went through that stupid CALS system which took a month in itself (I had the choice between the world-renowned hospital 5 minutes up the road and three DGHs more than 40 minutes drive away).  Incidentally, the private dentist couldn't refer me to CALS, so I had to go back to the NHS dentist whom I had comprehensively berated in front of her staff.  Can anyone recommend a well-priced and comprehensive insurance company?  This could have been much more serious than a painful tooth.

PS - I should have used this case on my MTAS application form - the government would have appreciated my awareness of that other f'up of theirs, the CALS system. I mean, why didn't they just listen when GPs opposed it?

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I agree that private healthcare can be more convenient & possibly better(?) in some cases but figures such as this would do nothing to restore the faith of middle England,whose views on current affairs are primarily based on info gleaned from the Mail & other tabloids, in the NHS.

I,for one, would like to think that the expertise of my consultant in matters of the mind is no inferior to that of a private 'specialist' who works in a largely unsupervised & unmonitored environment.

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The 'specialist' is of course the self-same NHS consultant, although usually a better or more senior one, who sees you more quickly and for longer, and prescribes the gold-standard because it is available.  With regards to Middle England, this simply confirms what they already knew: that the NHS is 'not fit for purpose'.  Perhaps they won't be voting Labour next time round.

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