[In 1948] After 18 months of ongoing dispute between the Ministry of Health and the BMA, Bevan finally managed to win over the support of the vast majority of the medical profession by offering a couple of minor concessions, but without compromising on the fundamental principles of his NHS proposals.
Bevan later gave the famous quote that, in order to broker the deal, he had "stuffed their mouths with gold".
From The Daily Mail:
In a speech last night Mr Miliband said it was a 'scandal' that many patients have to wait days to be seen by a GP, and said his party would plough hundreds of millions of pounds into cutting waiting times.
He claimed the £100million a year needed to fund shorter waiting times would be found by cutting back on NHS red tape and highly-paid consultants.
But Maureen Baker, chairman of the RCGP, said the money was not enough to fulfil the pledge. She told BBC Radio 4's Today programme:
"The £100 million is a start and it's a welcome start. It's not actually anywhere near enough to give any sort of guarantee. When you look at it, it's around about £10,000 per practice. It certainly won't go anywhere near employing at practice level more nurses, more GPs.
"At the moment the share of NHS funding that goes to general practice is just over 8 per cent. We see about 90 per cent of all NHS consultations. We believe that our share should be around about 11 per cent."
Tuesday, 13 May 2014
My latest blogpost: Good to see that GPs still remember The Founding Principles of The NHSTweet this! Posted by Mark Wadsworth at 16:21