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Hold up! Before you read on, please read this...

This post was published more than 13 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 13 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and wrote about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 13 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

Blair has admitted that he doesn’t know the effect he’s GP waiting time targets have on patient care. He didn’t realise that it was impossible to make appointments in advance. He’s clearly not a dedicated fan of this site, then, because it’s a issue I identified months ago.

But, more importantly, how can we re-elect a leader that introduces silly targets, and then ignores – or, more acurately, doesn’t even make an effort to find out about – the probems these targets create?

And the particularly hilarious thing is that even after having the situation explained by members of the public, John Reid still doesn’t get it:

John Reid, the health secretary, acknowledged that there were problems but stressed that the target had produced much quicker access for many patients. A few years ago, many patients had to wait a week to 10 days to see a GP, he said, while on the latest figures, 97 per cent are seen within two days.

The reason 97 per cent are seen within two days is because you’re only allowed to make an appointment within two days. It isn’t an improvement. That’s the problem. Patient satisfaction has fallen.

This 550th post was filed under: Election 2005.

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Room with a view (published 18th February 2019)

A really disappointing Guardian article (published 4th February 2012)

Does Mr Robinson have some inside info? (published 18th January 2006)

Photo-a-day 90: Winner (published 16th April 2014)

Labour wants GPs to treat diabetes, arthritis and asthma (published 29th March 2005)


Comments and responses

Comment from Anon E Mouse


by Anon E Mouse

Comment posted at 22:31 on 4th May 2005.

Do you really think that Blair or Reid actually care?

They have their private health care guaranteed, so they have no need to worry.


Comment from sjhoward


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 20:29 on 5th May 2005.

It is their job to care, and it would seem strange, whether one cared or not, to introduce targets and not monitor them. If one didn’t care, why introduce the targets in the first place? If one did, then why not monitor their effect?


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