Honest From Yorkshire
Bizarre, as much healthcare experience as Hancock.
You couldn't make it up. Just glad to have walked away at 50. Good luck to the remainers.
Let's not forget the patients with dirty houses, surely we can prescribe cleaners for them. Another good idea would be professional bathers to visit and wash unclean and pungent patients, then what about checking if people are wiping their bottoms properly......
Reminds me of a big reason behind leaving at 50, good luck to the remainers.
So glad to have left three years ago at 50. I entered medicine thinking I would be dealing with ill people. The medicalisation of people's lifestyle choices is unbelievable. Scripts for food, vitamins, drugs and exercise. Perhaps we should consider prescribing cleaners for dirty houses and laundry services for pungent patients. Good luck to the remainers.
And that is this weeks advice...................
Wait for next week.
London tube drivers earn £80K+ with overtime which is still less hours than FT GP partner. I left at 50 and top up pension with internet business 4-5hrs daily and no-one expects me to work nights and weekends as well. Good luck.
More stupid statements about preventing admissions in elderly patients. You don't prevent anything you postpone it. It is similar to preventing strokes, MIs, cancer etc. We don't - we postpone them until later, they still happen just in older, frailer patients and that leads to more complications and longer admissions. Glad to have left at fifty, good luck.
'Living alone is a risk factor'
Maybe the old-fashioned route of engaged/married/set up house/ensure relationship and financial stability/get pregnant/have child might be an alternative answer. Another example of the medicalisation of societal/relationship issues.
If blood pressure and cholesterol is reduced even further perhaps patients will live forever as the Government and media seem to be leading people to believe. I feel truly sorry for those remaining in GP currently, I left three years ago and make pretty much the same income importing goods from China and selling on the net. London tube drivers earn £80 - 100K with overtime that is still less hours per week than I did for 23yrs as FT nine clinical session partner. Best of luck.
Reply to Paul Cundy.
Exactly right, I wince every time the politicians or media suggest that MI/CVAs are going to be prevented and that cancers will be eradicated. All are simply postponed as you say. Unfortunately the misleading statements lead to ever more unrealistic expectations.
I would suggest that perhaps GP satisfaction with patients is also at record low levels! I left three years ago mainly due to the unrealistic patient expectations and demands.
Oh dear, best option if possible is to walk away, no unrealistic expectations, no politics and no litigation. The pension is index-linked!
And before too long when there are no GPs left the patients will be able to talk directly to a computer sponsored by Hancock and co..............
I am just so relieved to have left three years ago. I used to joke about GPs becoming 'botty wiping police' and visiting patients after they defaecate to check for proper cleaning in case they developed pruritus ani. Choosing to over-eat and under-exercise is not an illness, I realise it contributes to illness but maybe this is just a type of natural selection. The NHS is doomed.
The government, media, patients and many doctors must stop this ridiculous suggestion that we are preventing illnesses. We postpone them, everyone still dies, often after a spell of serious illness. Life expectancy has increased almost 30yrs in the last century but is still finite. We won't prevent cancer, MIs, CVAs etc we will postpone them until later in life than they used to occur or do now, people need to understand this and realise that many of their poor lifestyle choices will impact adversely on their health. I walked away aged 50 just sick and tired of unrealistic expectations, old age is not a treatable illness.
I am just glad I left three years ago after 23yrs of full time clinical practice. Year on year there seemed to be less and less patient responsibility. 'I can't stop smoking - what are YOU going to do about it Doc?' 'I can't stop eating - what are YOU going to do about it Doc?' 'I take too many street drugs - what are YOU going to do about it Doc?' 'I don't like getting old - what are YOU going to do about it Doc?'.
I now have a non-medical company selling on the internet via Amazon and our own sites and I am rather embarrassed to say it is more enjoyable and profitable. The NHS is doomed, before long GPs will be asked to check patient's bottoms after they have defecated to check they are clean enough and prevent rashes. Too mad for me.
My daughter started training to be a paediatric nurse some years ago but realised that most of the qualified nurses were unhappy with their job, hours, pay and conditions of work so she left and now works in the food industry for a lot more pay. GP is basically the same, if many of us older GPs have left or plan to leave early the job can't be very appealing to the trainees. I certainly wouldn't recommend it.
I walked away aged fifty, just sick and tired of unreasonable patient expectation. The medicalisation of everything that isn't a perfect happy life finished me off. If a patient is unhappy with their job, finances, wife, house or life there isn't much I can do to help. Choosing to overeat, under-exercise, take drugs and smoke usually results in ill health and might not be treatable. However my main reason for departing was a very elderly list of patients refusing to accept and understand that old age is not a treatable illness. I changed jobs rather than retired and now run a non-medical internet business to boost finances, vastly happier than the last five years in practice. Good luck to those that remain.
I spent 22yrs as a full time 9 clinical session partner trying 'new things' and in the end walked away. We had FHSA/fundholding/PCT/CCG etc. and all made little difference to workload and usually just increased it as this suggestion probably will. What is needed is to address the completely unrealistic and unmanageable level of patient, media and political expectation. We have managed to increase life expectancy and the quality isn't always good.