Tax-Sucking British GPs Have Figured Out How to Use COVID to Not Have to Treat the Public That Pays Their Wages

"GPs are improving their work-life balance while worsening the life-death balance of everyone else"

A new NHS advertising campaign offers advice for people who are experiencing a persistent cough or prolonged stomach pain: don’t hesitate to seek advice from your GP.

“Good luck with that!” “Yeah, right.” “You’ve got more chance of getting into Kabul airport than of breaking into our surgery.” Or simply, “What’s a GP?” Those were among the printable responses to the suggestion that anyone who may have cancer should consult their doctor.

What did the Department of Health think the reaction would be? “Goodness, yes, silly me. I must stop ignoring the cramps and diarrhoea I’ve had for four and a half months and make an appointment to see my GP at once. Which, in actual fact, I have tried to do for 23 successive days, picking up the phone at 8am, but the Gorgon gatekeeper says I still can’t see the doctor. Instead, I must fill in the eConsult, which my husband calls the eInsult. If you can’t find your ailment in the drop-down menu, they tell you to dial 111 and, if you do eventually get through to 111, they tell you to… make an appointment to see your GP. Gah!”

Distress at being unable to see a doctor in person for well over a year has hardened into cynicism.

There is mounting anger that a highly-rewarded, once highly-respected profession continues to insist that it is “fully open” when personal experience suggests it is hiding behind an increasingly threadbare Covid sofa.

I was sorry, but not at all surprised, to read that GP practices are facing a “torrent of abuse” as patient frustration boils over. According to a survey by the British Medical Association, more than half of GPs and a third of hospital doctors have experienced verbal abuse in the last month. The BMA calls on the public to be “kind and considerate” when contacting GPs.

How about the doctors’ union tries being “kind and considerate” to patients by not insisting on strict Covid measures (more unnecessary by the day) which supposedly keep their members “safe” while jeopardising the health of the population. As long as social distancing is maintained in surgery waiting rooms, there will be no return to normal face-to-face service. I’m sorry to say, that seems to suit a lot of GPs just fine.

The shameless British Medical Association sought to obscure its role in the crisis by publishing a survey which found that “having more doctors at surgeries is the most important change patients want to see”. Well, yes. Having the GPs we already have do their job in person would be even better.

But who is backing those GPs who don’t want to return to normal working because – unlike shopworkers, waiters, district nurses and delivery drivers – they are at risk from a fast-receding virus? That would be the BMA, which demands yet more funding from the Government for GPs who prefer not to see the men and women who pay their salaries.

Back in May, The Telegraph won an important victory for readers who had suffered terribly, even dying prematurely in some tragic cases, after being unable to obtain a diagnosis in person. In response to the furore, Dr Nikki Kanani, the medical director for primary care of NHS England, updated its guidance to say that patients should be able to see a GP if they so wished. Arrogant and unaccountable doctors knew better. The BMA’s GP committee passed a vote of no confidence in Dr Kanani, saying the change of stance was “tone deaf” and “not based on the needs of the profession”. God forbid a tone-deaf profession should respond to the needs of its patients.

Unbelievably, since the easing of lockdown restrictions, access to GP surgeries has remained unchanged. In some areas, fewer than four in 10 appointments are conducted face to face, with “digital triage” – so beloved of the unloved Matt Hancock – weeding out the time-wasters and hypochondriacs. But what if they’re not malingerers?

Cancer cannot be diagnosed on the phone. Isn’t that what all those NHS adverts are basically admitting? And yet, instead of blaming the GPs for not seeing patients, the Government elects to chide patients for not seeing the GP. At this point, we might note that doctors in other European countries continued to see sick people throughout the pandemic. They wouldn’t get paid if they hadn’t.

“Stay at Home” – which must count among the most successful messages in the history of the health service – may yet turn out to be its nemesis. Name me another developed country with a hospital waiting list that could soon hit 13 million.

Am I the only one who winces when Sajid Javid says what a wonderful job the NHS is doing, while, every day, radiographers are finding advanced, untreatable cancers in younger and younger patients who should have been referred last year by their GP?

People are still scared to go to hospital, still dying in great pain at home. Not because of Covid per se, but because they know that cruel coronavirus regulations mean that, once they enter a hospital, they may never see their family again.

My friend’s mother, Yvonne, got a letter from the hospital saying her chemo was at an end because, during lockdown, cancer treatment would only continue for patients they thought might live. With remarkable good humour, the 74-year-old accepted her death sentence, but with one reservation. “Whatever happens, please let me die at home with you,” she begged her husband, John, and their two daughters.

Sadly, five weeks ago, having tried and failed to get hold of that elusive creature called a GP, Yvonne’s family had no choice but to call an ambulance. Spreading tumours and fluid retention had enlarged Yvonne’s stomach to the point where “Mum looked like she was pregnant with triplets”. Her pain was off the charts.

Being in hospital was every bit as bad as Yvonne had feared. Only one person was allowed to visit daily for an hour. Eighty-year-old John needed to show constant proof of a negative test. Yvonne’s daughters, Sarah and Cathryn, were told by a doctor that while their mother was still receiving treatment for pneumonia and sepsis, they couldn’t visit her because she didn’t qualify as “End of Life Care”.

Once the doctor took Yvonne off antibiotics, which actually seemed to be helping, Sarah and Cathryn could go to her bedside, but their mother would not be allowed water because she would then technically be classified as dying. Yvonne’s girls were distraught. All they wanted was to be able to hold and reassure their mother, for such time as they had left together in this world.

It was then that an angel of mercy appeared in the form of a palliative care nurse. Let’s call her Marie. When Sarah and Cathryn told Marie about their mum’s situation, she snapped: “For God’s sake, I’ve had enough of this Covid b——s!”

The nurse told Sarah and Cathryn that the hospital hadn’t had a single Covid case for four months, yet managers still refused to exercise leniency towards relatives who were “in absolute bits” because they were missing the final days of a spouse or a parent. Marie told Sarah and Cathryn that they and their dad could go onto the ward to see their mum any time of day or night and to tell anyone who dared challenge them: “Marie says Yvonne is End of Life Care.”

The voice of good old British common sense – kindly, no-nonsense, fundamentally decent – has been drowned out by hysterical, health and safety jobsworths these past 17 months. But we still recognise it when we hear it, don’t we? What a difference between the instinctive compassion of the palliative care nurse and self-interested doctors and their unions.

Like Marie, I’ve had enough of this Covid b——s. It bars patients from waiting rooms their taxes have paid for. It gives unions and NHS bureaucrats an excuse to string out the crisis indefinitely for their own selfish ends. It allows hospitals to treat dying men and women, and those who love them, with appalling, arbitrary inhumanity. It lets GPs improve their work-life balance while worsening the life-death balance of everyone else.

The BMA seems shocked that long-suffering patients are finally losing it with doctors. I’m not, are you?

Source: The Telegraph

  1. ken says

    “My friend’s mother, Yvonne, got a letter from the hospital saying her chemo was at an end because, during lockdown, cancer treatment would only continue for patients they thought might live.”

    But it’s free!

    Man,,, you gotta love the human species…. a true work of art!

    For an alleged plague where 99.87% actually live!

    Wait until they start issuing a two shot euthanasia weapon.
    Oh wait,,, They have!

    1. Juan says

      Anything offered as “free” is a 100% scam. Social media, public services, etc.

  2. Juan says

    Public services “at work”. And they have the gall to judge as somewhat evil the availability of private alternatives in other countries. Of course, the mfers hate competition to their criminal laziness and cowardice.

  3. Helga Weber says

    It is all politics, we only have deplorable ones all around the world

  4. Rowdy Yates says

    I have never worn a mask since the “covid” based restrictions were announced back in March 2020. No intention of taking that killer mRNA drug. I managed to get a medical exemption for the mask from my primary physician and even with that letter medical facilities have put up a fuss. Usually I win especially when I challenge the “chain of command” since every doctor and specialist requires the primary physicians referral in order to see me. The exemption is not based on a perceived fragility but on my temper.

    I made it very clear to my primary physician that forcing me to wear masks without any reason or logic creates a rage within me and I would hold him legally responsible for the consequences of such an unbearable situation. I also got a similar letter for my brother. Luckily in his case his blood pressure was pretty high when the Doctor heard his reasons (rage, high tension caused by the forced wearing of masks). These letters speak of a healthy reaction to an unhealthy environment

    The logic in that is a specialist has to accept the diagnosis of the primary physician whether it is medical records, examinations or letters. The few times I don’t win I get silence. Now after one year I do not accept in polite silence “covid” as a valid reason to refuse service. I protest in person or by a letter.

    As for those still wearing that mask many do that to avoid confrontations but that is exactly what they should get. their desire to conform is done at my expense where my liberties are sacrificed. Their daily routine as masked people should not be tension free. It is too expensive

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