Ben Bradshaw, the UK health minister, wants the NHS Choices website to include a rate-your-doctor section where patients can mark their GP's skills, bedside manner and even post anonymous comments. Bradshaw told the Guardian that NHS Choices already allows patients to comments on hospitals. Bradshaw has told civil servants to …
"rather like Strictly Come Dancing"
Yes, it will: The voting will be biased by large numbers of trolls using the system for cheap entertainment and voting up the funniest, most inept performer. Soon, the hottest doctors and nurses who tell the best jokes will be swamped with appointments, while the competent but slightly funny-looking and grumpy doctors will be voted out of employment.
I love this
Those of us with the seasonal cold will get great service! I'm sorry for the other 20% of people with rarer conditions (cancer, MS, etc), your votes are worthless against the homogeneous minor illness of the masses.
On second thoughts, this is a bad idea as the elderly will dominate it!
"10/10 listened to me witter on for an hour and then gave me some smarties, feel much better"
"10/10 cured my headache in 30 minutes with a machine that went ping"
"0/10 had to amputate my own leg after being told it wasn't gangrene and to take an aspirin"
"10/10 cleared my ears out a treat"
Didn't I see a very similar sort of thing on Scrubs the other day? Perhaps the Rt. Hon. Mr. Bradshaw MP shouldn't be looking toward parodies of the AMERICAN healthcare system for an example of how the NHS should be...?
This will be an epic fail.
Paris because she's got the money (and sense?!) to go private
What we need...
Is some sort of popularity contest for ministers, where they can be voted out by the public. When can we get one of them?
is there a minister who's job it is to come up with pointless sugestions that might make it in to news papers and what is his job title?
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"A++, good comms, recommended!".
@ I love this
0/10 Wouldn't give me antibiotics for my flu
0/10 Wouldn't believe the space aliens are using mind control rays on me
Like Scrubs then?
Anyone who thinks turning a vital service into a shitly come dancing-style reality TV show needs shooting.
Policy by the stupid for the stupid
I see. At the moment, when Mrs. Mailreader drags Little Johnny to the docs demanding antibiotics for his (viral) cold, the doc can tell them to sod off (politely). With the online rating system, he could do that and risk his career, or he could hand out pills to make people feel better, increase the prevelance of antibiotic resistant infections and increase the cost to the taxpayer.
And will the doctor be afraid to tell someone that Stella, Kebabs and Fags do not make a balanced diet? (Tasty though)
I'm registered with one of those multi-GP practices. I've never been seen by the actual doctor I'm registered with and never twice by the same doctor. How am I supposed to rate them?
"is there a minister who's job it is to come up with pointless sugestions... "
"...what is his job title"
So you can rate your GP, but not by name?
What a bawbag.
I think the minister is "attempting" to air the idea of performance rating by the public. I have seen my doc (well each one in turn) and they are glorified nurses! which is what I would state.
I cut my finger and was told go to A&E as they would not put a few stitches in. Can you belive that? As soon as is not as cold or flu I need to be referred to a specialist!
The problem is many doctors do NOT do the job and pass the buck onto the specialists (consultants I may add - expensive).
We need a rethink and performance rate GPs! That is the point, not the moronic ministers idea.
@Richard Porter Re: The GP-Factor
In your case I'd register the GP as Imaginary :-)
Hum if you square an Imaginary GP do you get a real one
Nicely thought through
We've got a really good GP. Certainly wouldn't want to rate them very highly, though. Then everybody would want appointments with them...
Another brilliant idea!
It makes me so happy to know that my country is being run by people who can have such great ideas as "Tell everyone how good you think Doctor (INSERT YOUR GP's NAME HERE) is as long as you don't use his name"...
Yet Another Zanu Labour Halfwitted Idea
Such a system as the one suggested would not be needed were there already in place a decent system where incompetent GPs with narrow minded attitudes were weeded out and prevented from causing harm to the general public. But there isn't because the medical profession seems to be a closed shop, protecting each other's interests from patients like me who have been the victim of such ineptitude. People who question or challenge are seen as troublemakers rather than p*ssed off patients.
I've had GPs ranging from excellent through to mind bogglingly stupid, the kind of idiot you'd expect to see in a Spike Milligan scout troop sketch. When one of these specimens is responsible for treating (or not as the case may be) then I can fully understand why people go abroad to get better and more timely treatment.
What is needed is a sensible performance rating system where people rate their GPs and their reasons behind these ratings.
Wait a bloody second here!!
How can you reference AMFM without giving the article the proper once over? Where are all the random comments, the weird caps and what not?
Shame on you for taking one of our beloved commentators and not even giving him his due.
Dr Turdspurt will see you now
The government has had a big beef with doctors for a long time now, not least because they think the GPs managed to screw them with the last round of contracts. This is just using the unholy power of the Twat-o-tron on the bolshie bunch of bastards to teach them a lesson they won't forget in a long time.
I can see the Daily Fail / ITN headlines now.... 50% of GPs are Rude, Unmannered, Overpaid Chavs... Shame of Third World Health Service... Illegal immigrant Doctors Can't Even understand English... David Cameron Promises NHS Back to Basics 2.0... etc.
Mine's the white one with the brown stains.
i can only imagine
how many accusations of all sorts will be up within days if anonymous rating is allowed. I can just imagine it now, 0/10 i only went in for a cold and he insisted on checking my breasts/penis/prostate/vagina/etc i felt violated (shamelessly stolen from a family guy sketch)
i'd give it a few of those and it'll be shut down in no time, like with all the accusations that went flying around on friends reunited about all the teachers
Ministry of silly ideas
Minister: The right honorable Mr Throat Warbler Mangrove at your service!
No you are not. (registered with a particular doctor)
A couple of years ago the gov. eliminated personal lists form the NHS.
Here, if you want to see a particular doctor, you would find out when they are consulting - from our website or the leaflet or our receptionist - and ask to see them then.
Sorry if that is too difficult.
Would I rate my GP through an on-line web page system?
I've not been to the money grubbing old swindler in 15 years and have avoided the pleasures of waiting 2 hours in an uncomfortable chair for a 3 minute consultation. One of the reasons being that I couldn't get an appointment on his 08xx phone number appointment system.
As I've not seen him I can't rate him.
PH cos she'll give me the Heart Attack that gets me to see the doc.
@ Adrian Midgley
"Here, if you want to see a particular doctor, you would find out when they are consulting - from our website or the leaflet or our receptionist - and ask to see them then." I mean, why should we make it easy?
"Sorry if that is too difficult." - taking passive aggressive to new heights. What, exactly, is the problem with treating people reasonably? Too many in the NHS have got the idea they're doing the patients a big favour. Guess what, the NHS is bought and paid for, just like everything else, ultimately you will have to do what the people who pay you want.
@ John Imrie
> Hum if you square an Imaginary GP do you get a real one
Yes, but a Negative one
I will be a winner!!!
Who cares about giving patients what they need? I will give them what they want!!
Sick notes, no problems. Antibiotics for cold, OK. Brain scan for a 2 day headache, absolute must. Letter to say one cannot attend jury service, with pleasure. Son could not do the exam properly because of a rash, certainly. No charges for any non NHS services, Practice moto.
Can I be a loser?
Luckily, it just applies to England, not the whole of the NHS.
Paging Doctor ......
Hmm only the department of the non-job could come up with this one. What true corker it is and where is amanfrommars to comment on you using his name in vein, I mean the article made too much sense instead of the flipsided inverse squared tangenical techno-geek-l33t-speak that litters "amam" commentary. I mean run this article back through the twat-o-tron and see what you get...
1/10 - Must try harder to listen to patients..
Mines the one with the stetoscope in the pocket.
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