Coalition loses it : the NHS really is for sale

And in all these areas, the data will be updated regularly,” he said. Whitehall sources say that clinical audit data will show which GPs have never diagnosed a case of cancer, for example. The figures will be available from December.

Information about individual GP practices will also be made available with patients able to judge medical centres against 22 indicators.”

Honestly, from the bottom of my heart: Coalition, just stop it.

None of this data is going to be useful to patients. (What are they talking about? GPs that never diagnose cancer? Sorry, what on earth is that about? ) None of it. The GP contract does not look for quality care, but for easily measured aspects of care which can be recorded on computers by healthcare workers. Some of it is non evidence based and wastes time and money. ( e.g. the depression scores we are forced to do but which do not help diagnose depression, take symptoms out of context, and distract the doctor from the important bit – listening to the patient.)

Drug companies will love this. They already collect anonymised data about prescriptions, and this will just make them better able to hone in even better to make sales. Bidders for bits and pieces of the NHS will be able to find out where the best profits are to be made. Patients will become aware of bits of data that lack context or explanation. Doctors will spend time, rather than peer reviewing and auditing their work, on explaining bad data to patients or families.

Further proof that the NHS is being prepared for sale, I fear.

3 Responses to “Coalition loses it : the NHS really is for sale”

  1. Shona July 8, 2011 at 2:44 pm #

    Unbelievable.
    (The depression questionaire is absolutely my most hated thing about the contract. If it agrees with my diagnosis it changes nothing, if it disagrees with my diagnosis it changes nothing, so why do I do it? It places a huge barrier between me and the patient.)
    Have you started seeing an influx of people asking for T3 after recent article in ?Daily Mail. We’ve had three in today, disasterous, dangerous journalism.

  2. Margaret McCartney
    margaretmccartney July 8, 2011 at 11:53 pm #

    yes, unintended harms are rarely examined properly at first pass of new ‘guidance’ – I find it so demoralising that GPs are not expected to have any professionalism and have to have their consultations scripted for them. It means that patients aren’t responded to properly either.

    Do let me know if you find out where the T3 story came from…

  3. Shona July 11, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    Found it, mail on sunday, pdf version of it. Trying to google this opened up a whole scary can of worms…. There is a lot of crazy stuff out there.
    This does seem to be nothing but a giant advert for this chaps book/website.
    http://www.tpa-uk.org.uk/mail_on_sunday.pdf

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