Honest from Yorkshire
I am also waiting, no contact whatsoever. I understand that GP is quiet currently so perhaps we will be needed for the second wave. Lets hope that Covid-19 doesn't combine with African Swine Feverin North Korea, that would be interesting.
Reminds me of a comment I sometimes made about GPs eventually becoming ‘botty-wiping police’ and having to check everyone’s bottoms in case they miss a bit and get pruritus ani. You can’t be too careful.
I still recall the last visit I did to a dementia nursing home five years ago before I left at 50yrs old. Of the 32 residents, were they stock on my farm I would have called the vet to put down 31. Were they stock on my farm and I had not called them I would have been prosecuted for animal cruelty, had I done this to my patients it would have been murder. Glad to have left for farming. Good luck.
Too political. Higher tax and higher state funding of society sounds great until bright hardworking people stop working because it's not sufficiently rewarded. Wait another few months and lets see whether the workers currently furloughed would prefer to stay at home and be paid a decent income for doing nothing, I suspect many will.
Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn't seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed. The other guy whips out his phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps, "My friend is dead! What can I do?" The operator says, "Calm down. I can help. First, let's make sure he's dead." There is a silence; then a gun shot is heard. Back on the phone, the guy says, "OK, now what?"
Might be helpful?
Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn't seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed. The other guy whips out his phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps, "My friend is dead! What can I do?" The operator says, "Calm down. I can help. First, let's make sure he's dead." There is a silence; then a gun shot is heard. Back on the phone, the guy says, "OK, now what?
Same story for me, returned forms weeks ago with promise of contact within 72hrs and heard nothing since. The initial headlines of retired GPs returning will have reassured the general public though. One great benefit is that Pulse now allow me to comment, if you don't pay anything to the GMC and have an active number you can't comment here.
I was just thinking about the GP bashing that has gone on for years and the fact that many seem to believe we are overpaid for an easy job. Being forced to work bank holidays is dreadful but many believe we should work nights and weekends as well as f/t Monday to Friday.
Not good and if GPs try to protest in any way it will be broadcast as a leading article in the Daily Rant.
It costs a £100 call out fee to get a plumber to attend once. Great to see that the Government really appreciates GPs.
I walked away four years ago and still have 'compassion fatigue' which doesn't seem to be improving. My error was 23yrs f/t nine clinical session practice with over 60% elderly patients. I strongly recommend a portfolio career with non-clinical sessions if possible but ideally don't enter GP or leave and try something else. In spite of what the government, public and media suggest GP is not an easy overpaid job, if it was all doctors would be fighting to do it. Best of luck.
What percentage of the NHS budget is spent on GPs and what percentage of patient contacts are done in GP? I am just glad to have left but a little sad that my 25yrs of f/t clinical experience was not retained or valued. Good luck.
Seems a bit like worrying about a scratched bumper when your engine and gearbox are wrecked. Hardly going to save the NHS with this advice. It might be better considering bariatric or cosmetic surgery, much of the preventative prescribing or the appropriateness of statins/antihypertensives etc. in the over nineties. Perhaps a bit too controversial.
Many congratulations and I hope you keep up the good work and job satisfaction. My own MBE was four years ago sadly, a Mind-Blowing Epiphany that after 25yrs of f/t clinical work as a partner I could walk away and try an alternative non-medical career which is going very well. Best of luck for the future, yourself and General Practice as a whole.
A misleading headline that could have come straight from the Daily Wail. I wholeheartedly agree with the above comments.
GPs are generally bright and hard-working, don't dismiss a complete change of career. I left four years ago and now have a non-medical internet business that pays better, allows lunch and coffee breaks and the best bit is that no-one tells me I earn too much for an easy job. My main reasons for packing in were unrealistic patient expectation, patients feeling completely entitled and lastly the mistaken belief that old age is a treatable illness. Good luck.
Just glad to have left. Great advice about improving frailty but guess what, in a couple of years they will be even more frail, perhaps we can sort things then but in another couple of years.... This is the same as the government, media and public expecting that we will prevent strokes, CVD and cancer - it's rubbish, we can postpone only and then when it does occur it is often a complicated disaster. Just received news this morning that a 98yr old relative has died thank God because the inappropriate and unrealistic interfering that the medical profession have been doing with him in the last couple of years beggars belief.
I am speechless and extremely glad to have walked away four years ago from being a f/t nine clinical session partner. The country is at least 7000 GPs short and daft ideas like this aren’t helping. Best of luck.
I had an interesting chat with a neighbour last week, he was sad because he had to put down an old sheep that was suffering and had he not done so he could have been prosecuted for animal cruelty. He then commented that when his grandfather was in similar condition a year ago he suffered terribly in the last week or so but nothing was done by the doctors in case they were prosecuted for murder. He's not medical and it was just a sad observation but actually quite an interesting thought, I know which option I would prefer for myself.
I am sorry but currently the country is at least 6000 GPs short, is it best use of qualifications, experience and time to deal with issues such as this. I always used to joke that one day we would also become the 'botty-wiping police' and have to visit patients after each bowel opening to check that cleansing was adequate in order to prevent pruritus ani. The ever increasing medicalisation of anything that isn't a perfect happy life can't be managed by the current reduced GP workforce I am afraid.