WoS tweeted this article today with the words “Shouldn’t be long now” .
This will discussed at the BMA Conferance in Edinburgh this month. This should send a chill up the spine of every voter in England and Wales and be a wake up call to every voter in Scotland.
It is being reported in a Social Attitudes Poll that 33% of 2300 people polled agree with this. Not only would this end the free at the point of need principle it would obviously stop many of the poorer people in society seeking medical help from their GP. Concerns have been raised that things like cancer would then go undetected and I have a lot of sympathy for that view.
Now I accept that there are not enough GPs and that many are under pressure. But I also feel that they are very very well paid for what they do, over £100.000 per year, don’t work 7 days a week and can retire early. The crisis in GP numbers is not down to people being ill but the fact that we don’t train enough Doctors and the NHS is underfunded compared to most EU countries. That is not the fault of the most vulnerable and poorest people in our communities, it is the fault of the politicians who value things like tax cuts for the wealthy, sweet heart tax deals for large companies and things like nuclear weapons.
Let’s make no mistake, once this type of charging is out of the box our society changes fundamentally for the worst and the NHS will become private as time goes on.
GPs supporting this should be ashamed, our taxes trained you, our taxes give you a wage that many can only dream of, as well as a pension that allows you to retire younger than most of us, how dare you play games with our access to health.
The Tories would love this to happen, for many it’s their wet dream, and for the rest of us a living nightmare. People better think long and hard about their vote in June.