Friday, May 09, 2008

Time to start a campaign?

(With thanks to Prit Buttar and colleagues on the BMA Communications team)

This one is mostly for my GP readers, but here is a transcript of an email I've just sent to my LMC mailing list.

I listened to Darzi on Radio 4 this morning. If anyone missed it, use
the BBC website 'listen again' thingie, it was at about 0712.

He was explicitly asked whether PCTs would be able to choose NOT to
have a polyclinic if that was what the locality decided. He said that
they would be allowed to make such a decision.

Annual budget for one of these places is going to be somewhere in the
region of £800k-1m per year.

Using PBR tariffs and the BNF, I estimate that this could be used to buy:

1,139 cataract operations
154 hip replacements
113 courses of Herceptin
or 36 full-time district nurses

Perhaps we should therefore be undertaking a survey of our patients to
find out if they want a centre of some of the above. We should then
pressurise the PCT boards to accept our findings. especially as Darzi
specifically said that PCTs should take into account local

This could be run along side the BMA campaign (see Laurence's email of
yesterday or press release on BMA website).

Window of opportunity here I think.

Any other GPs reading this: Get up and start making noise. Now is not the time to knuckle down and get on with it, or the rug will be pulled from under you. Talk to your patients. Read the bumph from the BMA which will arrive next week.

If not us, then who? If not now, then when?

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