Thursday, October 23, 2008

PCTs incentivising death and breaching GMC guidance

Those in charge of the health service continue to plumb new depths, I am sure many of you have recently read of PCTs incentivising GPs to reduce their referrals to hospitals with cash payments, one would think that these mongrels could sink no lower, but think again as some PCTs are sinking far lower with their new cash incentives for GPs:

The above so called 'vital signs' are being incentivised by PCTs so that GPs will be paid for referring fewer patients to hospital for life threatening emergencies and for elective conditions and for letting more patients die at home. Now call me old fashioned, but GPs should be be trying to keep patients at home who want to die at home anyway, and GPs do not deliberately try to send people into hospitals unless they think their condition merits it on clinical grounds.

Incentivising such 'vital signs' is not just unethical, it is downright sick and PCTs appear to be deliberately encouraging doctors to break GMC guidance which states:
"You must act in your patients’ best interests when making referrals and when providing or arranging treatment or care. You must not ask for or accept any inducement, gift or hospitality which may affect or be seen to affect the way you prescribe for, treat or refer patients. You must not offer such inducements to colleagues."

I hope that whoever is making these reckless decision is held to account, if ever there was an example of how the government's hair brained management of the health service had resulted in clinical need being ignored because of the stupid whims of bean counters, then this is it. Just think how many uneducated and ignorant bean counters are being paid to come up with ridiculous schemes like this. How about the government just got rid of this bean counting culture and culled the ridiculous multilayer system of bureaucracy that stifles the professionals on the front line? Just think how much money Harold Shipman would have made from this new scheme, he'd be the PCT's favourite GP.

7 comments:

Glen Patrick said...

Forgive the lack of medical knowledge in this question, but would that include GP referrals to hospital-based consultants?

Dr De'Ath said...

it includes GP referrals to hospital based consultants both as emergencies and as out-patients

Anonymous said...

Perhaps WE should be given the option of getting cash payments for not referring ourselves to the old doctors ?

We might kick the bucket sooner if it was something serious, but if it was just a gammy knee, and not cancer, we could have a jolly cruise in the Med on the 'kickback' ?

It might even make for an exciting television 'reality game show'..

Just a thought..

Ian_QT said...

Has it ever occurred to these people that they might achieve a reduction in referrals if they made more medications available OTC instead of demanding a prescription?

johnny nunsuch said...

I wonder if the incidence of stomach ulcers has risen since Ibuprofen (Nurofen to the brand faithful)has moved to OTC ?

Anonymous said...

The PCTs come up with this sort of scheme under pressure from 'The Top', ie Whitehall.
I can sense that the inventors of this have never bothered to find out for themselves what GPs actually do.
I suspect that they draw their opinions from their own experience of visiting a GP or Holby City.

ENGLISHMAN said...

Have you heard of "common purpose"?