Tuesday, April 18, 2006

If I was a rich man....

Apparently, as a GP, I'm very rich. The BBC investigative team have discovered the scandal that some GPs (less than 5%) are earning over £250,000 a year, after expenses.

Well, most aren't. I'm not. Wish I was...

Apparently "Experts have said the contract was ill devised and is partly responsible for current NHS deficits."

Not quite sure who these experts are, of course, that's not stated. And why are us GPs being pilloried for the NHS deficit when the Government negotiated our contract? It was NEGOTIATED!! We're now being paid for things we were already doing. Our pay had fallen behind comparable professions, and its almost caught up, thank you very much.

As far as the guys earning a quarter mill are concerned, good on them. They will be managing businesses (as do I) to the best of their ability, to get maximum bang for buck, and in the process taking a profit. I wonder if there would be so much fuss if it was some private company making a profit from the NHS, perhaps from following an American model of some sort (which Our Glorious Leader seems to want to emulate).

Well, wake up BBC: GPs are private companies. If you think you're not getting value for money, start comparing us to other countries, see how much we spend per head of population on GPs and the services they provide.



Heather Wright said...

The NHS OUTSOURCING work to private firms... hmmm.. Where have I seen that? ;)

Pete Wright said...

Yeah, you're private companies.

They should pay you more, and then go after you and rape your wallet with IR35 like they did for us IT guys.


Joke. Sorry. I know you're loaded and deserve every penny too.