When it comes to things that matter to them our patients are remarkably politically astute. There are people who believe propaganda but many don't. The widespread criticisms of doctors that the government has managed to spin onto the front pages of our newspapers cuts no ice with the public. The public has a lot of contact with doctors - mostly face to face. People believe what they see for themselves and not what they are told. GPs are seeing this daily in their surgeries. Dr Grumble has seen it in his hospital.
Here is a quote pasted in from dnuk, a forum just for doctors. It's pasted in exactly as it was posted:
i have had 4 patients ask me this morning where i will be going if the new private clinics make this practice unviable.I (whilst as per GMC) cannot comment on politics during a consultation I have advised them of my back up plans of working broad.The patients are scared. the most vulnerable are the most scared.they know HMG is untruthful when they say local clinicians are involed in the polyclinic plans. we are not.the NHS is failing as a result of new labour, ready to be privatised and dumbed down.the long term ill, the elderly and the poor will fare worst and their right to a doctor (not a nurse) and continuity will be diminished.a sad dogma from a failing prime minister
Of course Dr Grumble and many others have been saying all this for some time. But it seemed that nobody was listening. But the patients obviously don't need to be told. They can see what is happening. This could be very damaging for the government. Some people are very dependent on their health care. It's hard to understand how the powers-that-be could have got things so very wrong. Perhaps listening would have helped.