Daily Skeptic gets the Hump

Just a heads up that the above on-line publication commissioned an article from me on the state of British General Practice. It’s here.

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About Jon Garvey

Training in medicine (which was my career), social psychology and theology. Interests in most things, but especially the science-faith interface. The rest of my time, though, is spent writing, playing and recording music.
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2 Responses to Daily Skeptic gets the Hump

  1. Gordon says:

    Very interesting article, Jon, thanks. I try to follow the politics of our NHS but can’t claim to really understand the details. We’re constantly reminded that the NHS is free at the point of use but with GP appointments running at three week lead times (or longer) and over 6 million people on hospital waiting lists, do we have much of a health service at all, free or not?

    So what’s to be done though? John Lee pointed out how frustrating it was that after being told for years there wasn’t enough money for so many things in the NHS, they suddenly found tens of billions for Covid. My opinion, for what it’s worth, is that money has never been the issue with the NHS, it’s how well the money is allocated. I think Thatcher was of a similar opinion; simply throwing money at a system for no benefit is pointless. These days, the NHS is so politically weaponised (thanks to the likes of caring types like Andy Burnham) meaningful reform is all but impossible.

    More importantly… do many GPs play golf?

    • Avatar photo Jon Garvey says:


      I agree with your post. They found tens of billions for Covid by indebting our grandchildren, of course… and are busy printing more billions for foreign wars despite the debt we already have.

      Ad for golf, in my 6 partner practice over 30 years or so of recruitments and retirements, I think two took up golf at some stage, only one treating it as a major interest on retirement.

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