GP practices rated “outstanding” are better funded, BMA research findsBMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2769 (Published 17 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2769
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"Health is merely a commodity and, as such, has a price"  and no doubt, as with any other commodity available to us to buy, you get what you pay for. There is some variation, as not always the most priced services are the best, but in an open market, customers will be moved away and the price of the product will go down for the company to be able to continue to float. This not the NHS model.
We have been educated to be aware of the inverse care law ("The availability of good medical care tends to vary inversely with the need for it in the population served" ). Unfortunately nothing is changing.
The NHS is a false open economy, and there are many irregularities within it, in the way for example practices are paid per patient in their lists. At a time where cuts on services are widespread, and where the social and health components of our services are under the microscope to reduce expenditure, this article reminds us that we are perpetuating the inequality of these provisions, as there is a systemic failure to try to solve a basic principle, to put more effort in, give more support to those practices working in the most deprived areas, where attracting good clinical staff is harder as they are generally worse paid and more overstretched in their duties, where the levels of personal satisfaction cannot be achieved realising the impossible task of improving the health of a community already condemned.
If the CQC effect on their verdicts was to attract the desperate additional funding they need, it would be worthwhile. If the only effect is to mark them as inadequate, I doubt morale, job satisfaction and recruitment are going to be any better
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2. Hart, J T. The inverse care law. Lancet, 27 February 1971, Vol.1(7696), pp.405-12
Competing interests: A GP in a not so well funded practice