Pale Male and Stale
...when will the general public get the message? Electioneering = Lies, damn lies and statistics! Andrew Marr gave the example of the Police Cuts of 20,000 police and the new pledge of 20,000 more police. It's like taking your raincoat away in a storm and several years later saying here's a new raincoat so everything is fine now, isn't it??
The treatment of NHS GPs and Hospital consultants over the years has sapped morale and the willingness to do all those unpaid extras that we used to obligingly do as 'part of the job' - now so much has been taken away, so much added to the job and no thanks (£s would be nice too!)that our capacity to stand still let alone push on is now zero. As a past GP trainer this is hard work and this too has been made less attractive. Fully experienced GP takes time out to help train newbie inexperienced GP so there is some initial loss of availability too that doesn't seem to have been factored in. Where are all the extra trainers going to come from - were we not thinking that GP training needed to be extended further too?
Ahhh the alternative to the NHS - the grand Tory master plan and there they are not even having to face the splatter of the shit hitting the fan with focus elsewhere!
I wonder how much GP practices would improve if the anxiety and workload of a CQC inspection were lifted?
I wonder how much GPs are 'defrauded' by the NHS in not getting full payment of fees etc?
Dr Kamal Sidhu is a GP and trainer in Durham, vice chair of County Durham and Darlington LMC and chair of South Durham Health CIC.- Mmm seems to have risen to the snowy peak himself!
When I get picked out for a ‘random security check’ I think of it as ‘random’ - that some others with more melanin think that their randomness is racist is anecdotal. One surgeon, one flight does not racism make. This was a ‘safety’ issue and related to getting the plane off in its slot. Rudeness is unfortunate but happens to us all and is not an excuse for breaking the rules - no matter how ‘right’ you feel you are. It’s their rules - break them and take the consequences like the rest of us
Scary? How about this. Many years ago, single handed I did minor surgery at the end of surgery. I'd seen a lady with an 'obvious' lipoma and agreed to excise it for her. However when she arrived it seemed bigger than I had remembered and after some humming and haring I decided to refer - UNHAPPY patient! - The surgeons saw her agreed with my diagnosis and arranged day case surgery - you guessed it - spigalean hernia - I had actually seen and heard about these in medical school! Glad it wasn't me cutting through a loop of bowel!
Have faith - Haven't the government delivered on Brexit, Universal Credit and pulling out of Afghanistan and Iraq?
Some may say "Your part time flexibility is my early mornings, late evenings and working through the holidays"
I'd say "I'm off, been there done that and never got the thanks!"
Do we really want to be managed from above? Well the answer at the coal face is "No - I'll work when and where I want as a locum" - Until those taking the risk and ultimately the responsibility for premises, staff contracts, GMS Contracts etc. are rewarded MUCH better than locum or salaried jobs then the temptation will be to take the money and the flexibility.
At the end of the day we can't all have ultimate flexibility and remain 'equal' - Some are indeed more equal than others. Big Brother will take over the farm and GPs will be offered take it or leave it contracts....unless SOME GPs take back control and are rewarded for doing so, not just money.....maybe they too would like some flexibility!!
...to those who have, shall be given.
Adulting begins at sixty - twenty years a kid, 20 years pretending to be an adult, another 20 years preparing and then you’re there - Adult - only to find it’s actually like the first 20 years - fewer responsibilities and certainly less fear of mucking things up! Goodbye imposter syndrome, I’ve been there done that and if that’s not good enough for you - TOUGH !! You know you’ve arrived when you can truly laugh at yourself when the others are falling off their chair having fallen off yours and not caring you don’t know all the answers and openly use Dr Google for advice!
It's a sorry state of affairs but the best and cheapest solution is probably to do nothing. All practices MUST do GP2GP and somewhere along the way notes will be summarised (hopefully) - In time whatever is left in the Lloyd George will become less and less relevant. The alternative IS to scan everything and upload onto clinical system - not ideal but less likely to be lost than LG - The time taken to review notes and clear out 'junk' is too great - if scanned and separate pages created this exercise can again in time be edited and irrelevant guff culled.
Does anyone one think that making the job attractive might help?
Is this recurrent funding or another trial?
We are having our out of hours payments halved - you know the scenario - Same work, half the money. (This was extra money for extra work - is the expectation that we provide the same number of appointments in contracted hours if we decline?) My guess is that once set up this project will find that the funding is slashed and the expectation will be that the OOH cover remains. It will be tied in to other income streams - Out of Hospital services contracts only available to those who offer 7/7 8/8 etc!
Looks good now - just watch out in future.
GMC needs tree trunk let alone root and branch radical pruning - Unfortunately not just dead wood but alive and rotten to the core. Fell the whole damn thing and plant new saplings with vigour, promise and integrity.
Now who has the balls to sue the GMC for damages? Hopefully some money left in the pot!
If one says one thing and believes another and likely promotes something altogether different elsewhere then getting ones ‘come upance’ is the outcome. I am sure Dr M will now use his energies to fight for larger practices including his own Hurley Group. Those that have expressed their desire to save small and medium practices now need to step up and DO something. It’s likely Dr M was expressing NHSE opinion as of course he was working for THEM not us. He’ll be replaced by someone of like mind so the battle continues!
Nice one! Feel I’ve been better off for standing up for myself over the years - literally and on occasion nose to nose shouting back. It helps I’m 6ft 3in and it’s not for everyone, however the shock and horror on the faces of the abusers can be something to behild - “...No YOU F**** off!!” Often followed by “...errr you can’t talk to me like that - you’re a doctor?!?!?!” - Well I can and I do.
It’s often a surprise to the abusing patient that I/we push back and aren’t just a vessel for there vileness - in fact on reflection, not pushing back seems to make matters worse as nobreaction or an apologetic one is like a red rag to a bull.
I do hope however that the perpetrators of the physical abuse metred out to the 2 GPs feel the full weight of the law and we can use these as examples so as to help prevent any further attacks. (...would this be a deterrent?!)
I may have been in a Brexit/World Cup/Thai cave bubble but why didn’t I hear of these attacks - surely this is ‘news’ ??
So a partnership model to share profits but take no risk, presume partners would like the profits but not the losses?! I think this seems like getting a job and being employed - premises issues work both ways - I actually like working in a place decorated and fitted out as I like but accept I have to pay for it, others think differently. I do find that ‘proper’ partners are more inclined to make savings and refer/prescribe if it affects them directly!
As mentioned above charging for DNAs will only ensure they turn up however wasteful for both GP and patient. However the 'while I'm here Dr' banal questions will increase. In terms of increasing efficiency I think the DNAs are already factored in for most of us - still don't get a coffee break and these allow for the inevitable overruns. So charge to make an appointment, return fee if they turn up or cancel more than 24 hours before. Otherwise keep the £s! Not as ludicrous as it sounds as it would put the ball very much more in the patients court.
...why the element of surprise? We are the lowest of the low priority from central to local government and beyond!