I have posted extensively about my NHS gp refusing to prescribe as directed by my specialists, refusing to facilitate various onward referrals as directed by my specialsts.Even when told repeatedly in writing.
People say change GPs but i have done so several times and they are all the same.
The reason they act the way they do - ie negligent (the words of my private GP who i wish i could afford to see all the time) is that they are not accountable.
How is it legal, you ask? How can they get away with it? EASY
NHS GPs do not work for the NHS per se - it is a service contracted out by the PCT. That is why PCTs do not investigate complaints about GPs but just refer tham back to the GP. That is why the Dept of Health does not deal with complaints. That is why there is NOTHING you can do - they are untouchable.The GMC is basically a defence union for doctors, it protects the interests of doctors not patients. The practice manager is employed by the GPS, so she/.he is powerless to do anything about complaints. The Ombudsman is a waste of space, it deals with complaints the same way The Consumer Council For Water "polices" Thames Water.
My specialists who are exasperated with GP refusal to issue the scripts for meds i need, say they themsleves are NOT ALLOWED to give me the prescriptions - TO WHICH I AM ENTITLED- at the hospitals (although i was slipped a couple under the table). So you see the problem here: the power is in the wrong place.
eg. my specialist said i needed an iron infusion. He wrote a detailed report. Gp wrote a vague letter to Haemo, but FAILED to include my specialist's letter. Naturally they refused to facilitate the infusion.I insisted she repeat the exercise at a different hospital. They agreed but when i got there said she had failed to provide his letter. When they saw it they said "if we;d seen this, we would have helped you sooner". Spec said i need these infusions regularly - GP refuses onward referral. I wrote directly to Haem who say they cannot help - the GP has to facilitate it, even tho I have been there before. I have even written "for the record letters" outlining all the things she has refused to facilitate and that doesnt scare her either. The specialist himself is not allowed to refer me directly to haemo within the hospital i see him at.
In addition, the specialists - if they think i need to see other specialists - are not allowed to cross refer. They HAVE TO direct me back to the GP who naturally refuses. Why? Funding points, revenue focus, malice, etc.
Whoever thought up this system needs a good kicking. The system is so wide open to abuse it is just not funny. I wonder how much false accounting goes on in terms of funding points,, how many patients die needlessly with their families being clueless that any failings have taken place by smarmy GPs. We know all too well how people with thyroid disease and associated issues are left to stew in misery.
NHS GPs are accountable to no one, which is why they act in such a criminal fashion. They do it because they can and there is NOTHING you can do about it.
Who would like to join my rant?