Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

Article excerpt

A weekly survey of the things our

rulers want to prohibit

NO accident happens and no crime gets committed these days without the government pushing ahead with a hasty set of reforms intended to prevent its recurrence.

Following the Shipman murders, the government is considering a ban on one-man general practices; the rationale being that a murderous doctor would soon be found out by his partner, the police would quickly be called, and a potential serial killer would be nipped in the bud.

Never mind that many of Britain's 2,847 one-man general practices are based in remote rural areas where there is not enough business to support a second GP. The inevitable result of a ban on one-man GPs would be that practices in those areas would have to be amalgamated, meaning that patients would have to travel much greater distances to a surgery. Many patients feel that there is less likelihood of important symptoms being missed if their medical care is trusted to one doctor who knows them well, rather than their being shunted between doctors, as tends to happen in a group practice. …

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