Honest From Yorkshire
I walked away four years ago and haven't looked back. My reasons for leaving were mainly the unrealistic expectations of patients. Old age is not a treatable illness, if your child is badly behaved or thick usually that is not a medical problem. if you are unhappy with your life, spouse, house, job, finances or benefits that isn't usually treatable either, if you drink too much, take drugs, eat excessively or don't exercise try changing your behaviour first. I was also fed up of being told by patients, the media and government that I was overpaid for doing an easy job. Non-medical internet business now pays better, I have lunch daily and only work 30hrs a week. GPs are bright and hard working and if you apply those qualities outside medicine you will almost always succeed. I do still feel guilty though because of the loss of experience after 23yrs nine-session f/t clinical work but recognise that that was part of my mistake. Good luck.
Big brother is not content with persuading everyone to carry a GPS chip and record fingerprint and facial recognition on themselves, they now want a DNA database. Scary stuff.
You mean that the pharmaceutical money-making investors have found even more people to make money from. It was many years ago but I recall my Geriatric consultant explaining that older people needed higher BP to perfuse their brains otherwise they would have poor mental performance, we now call it dementia.
And in breaking news it has been proven that putting petrol in your car helps it run properly.
Only 1.2%. I am surprised.
I'm not going to buy anything this Black Friday because if Corbyn is elected then everything will be free.......
There is nothing that will reduce GP workload whilst patients expect to never be ill and live forever in spite of any poor lifestyle decisions.
The Daily Mail readership aren't going to be happy.
I walked at 50 and changed career. I would add an important but even more difficult third requirement that something should be started to try to change patient expectation. I had a very elderly list and after 23yrs of f/t clinical sessions I had had enough of the expectation that old age is a treatable illness. I am afraid that people have virtually forgotten ageing and death exists.
'Areas with workforce shortage' That will be the whole UK then.
I think we must be pretty close to one of the parties promising everyone a gold bar. I will then vote for them because you can always believe what a politician promises before an election.
Wise words ObiOne. Having Health Secretarys with knowledge of the NHS over and above seeing a GP or A+E dept as a patient might be a start. Both Hunt and Hancock were Culture and Media Secretaries before Health, hardly confidence inspiring.
RE:last paragraph, the solution can be easy. Leave! GPs are a bright bunch who are used to working hard, usually too hard. Take that ability into another field and you will soon be earning more for less angst. I packed in four years ago and sell electronic components on the internet, short working day, breaks for food and drink no litigation and great quality of life. I recommend it.
It is definitely correct that the elderly suffer from medicines overload but also the case that Medics suffer from elderly overload. I walked away four years ago after 24yrs of f/t nine clinical sessions as a partner. My main reason was unrealistic patient expectation and the best example of that was many of my elderly patients who firmly believed that old age is a treatable illness.
I wonder how many times an article has had the words 'General Practice' and 'underfunded' together??
Important to charge for A+E as well because if not the 'patients' would just go there.
I had to attend recently with a metal shard stuck in my cornea and would happily have paid £50 to be seen. Were this charge in place I suspect I would have been seen much faster because half the people there didn't seem to have had either an accident or be an emergency.
The general population don't expect to die, they don't expect to even be ill. The idea that health measures prevent illness and admissions is ridiculous, what happens is they may be postponed and that is completely different. I walked away after 23yrs of f/t nine session clincal practice and now have a non-medical internet business, no litigation, coffee breaks and a lunch break, finish on-time or earlier and look forward to work. It's not looking good for either GPs or the NHS, best of luck.
@Knowledge is Porridge.
The reasons I walked away at 50yrs old and now run a non-medical internet sales business:
Old age is not a treatable illness.
Workload (nine clinical sessions a week).
Fed up of patients and media telling me how much I earn when tube drivers are on about the same.
Sick and tired of listening to the sick and tired.
Best bit about leaving is a normal working day with breaks for food and drinks.
Worst bit is feeling guilty for not using 23yrs of experience and knowledge.
Good luck to all who remain, you'll need it.
I left at 50 and took pension, now sell motors on internet and have more money and tons of time. Managed 23yrs FT nine-session as partner and as you say no contact about departure reasons or plans. Remaining partners dropped to three day weeks shortly after I left so that they don't end up burnt out and fed up as I was.
The cavalry isn't coming.
I sell DC motor kits to hobbyists, engineers etc.
As a GP earning 100K I thought that I was well off but cash in hand after tax, NI, pension, cost of working was under 50K. Take pension at 50yrs, use interests/skills to set up business and bingo income significantly greater than working with no risk of complaints or prison.