Wednesday, 13 August 2014
NEW FILM SPOTLIGHTS "DISASTER" AT BROADSTAIRS GP PRACTICE
A new film has been made about "disastrous" events in a GP practice in Broadstairs, Kent.
In 2011 the Broadway practice in Broadstairs, Kent, was taken over by the London-based private limited company, Concordia Health.
The company made patients many promises but, as the film shows, it all went disastrously wrong.
Patients complained of never seeing the same doctor twice and lack of access to doctors.
Thousands of patients left the practice. In July Concordia gave notice they were pulling out of the practice and there are now plans for local GPs to take it over.
Film-maker Christine Tongue who is a patient at the practice made the film called "Bad Practice?" to highlight what she claims is "a vivid proof of the damaging effects of the creeping privatisation of the NHS."
Christine says: "A private limited company takes over a popular GP surgery, causes havoc in the way it operates it, then throws in its contract early. It's horrifying, really."
Added Christine: "If anyone wants evidence that privatisation of the health service doesn't work, this film is it."
A clip from the film is now on You Tube on
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