Chris Preece

GP Partner
  • United Kingdom

About Chris Preece

I've worked as a GP Partner in North Yorkshire since 2004, and still relish the peculiar challenge of never quite knowing what the next person through the door is going to present with. I sat on the Governing Body of my local CCG until April 2015, and despite thinking I had escaped that world for good, I'm now the Clinical Director of a Primary Care Network. When not being consumed by all things medical, I occupy myself by writing, gaming, and indulging the whims of my children. I have previously written and performed in a number of pantomimes, occupied the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square and won the 2016 “Caterpillar Story for Children Prize”. Tragically, my patients no longer tell me I look too young to be a doctor.

Profession

I am a practising General Practitioner, in the UK.

Main area of expertise

General Practice

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Recent Comments

Nov 02, 2021
Replying to Nicola Wright

Thank you Dr Preece for putting things clearly and asking the "what ifs".   

The whole issue is too complicated for many to understand - just like NHS Pensions and tiered contributions and pension taxation!

In parallel, NHSEI are now also demanding that hospital Emergency Departments stop ambulance handover delays "immediately".  As if nobody wanted to do that already and as if there was anywhere to hand patients over to...  You are quite right: NHSEI and the Government are behaving like toddlers and our threats / negotiation tactics may not produce beneficial effects for us or our patients.  However, unfortunately, these toddlers are the ones holding the wallet and threatening false safeguarding accusations of GPs against their patients. 

Where they hold the upper hand is that our message is not clear enough to the public.  Nobody wants to read a 2 page document of why the BMA is threatening Industrial Action on behalf of their GP members.  If threatening IA we need to simplify and clarify our reasons and communicate them succinctly so that it is obvious that we are protecting our patients.   Also, and perhaps more cynically, we need to remember that it is in the BMA's interest for more GPs to become members as this increases the BMA's income, so the BMA are likely to err on the side of "fireworks"  to attract more members.

Thanks Nicola,
I absolutely agree that what's needed is very simple, clear messaging - particularly as we have a Government that seemingly responds more to what the newspapers are saying than what's actually needed.  The message ought to be straight forward - there's not enough capacity to see people and without urgent action the situation will become worse - but it's been muddied, and poorly expressed.
Ironically the furore about face to face appointments ought to be something that could be used to make our point: it's a clear demonstration that GP appointments are hugely valued, whilst illustrating the problem with their growing scarcity - so it's odd that it's instead been allowed to be weaponised against us.