Cedric's response (re Luddites) is evidence of some locum GPs not understanding the reality of NHS General Practice in terms of the responsibilities GP partners have (which locums evade).
This should be the final nail in the coffin of the CSA. I am appalled - why should my daughter, born in England, trained at a reputable English grammar and then medical school, have a higher risk of failing the CSA just because she is racially 'BME'?
The solution is not to have more BME examiners as that will be hideously expensive.
What is the racial profile of the examiners?
Therein lies the 'elephant in the room'- the exam is a highly paid jolly which this club of Morlocks (see Peverley's definition of Morlocks) guards jealously. Imagine: working in Central London instead of seeing patients - and being paid handsomely for this playing of charades? Why would this exclusive club suddenly become inclusive?
And it is the poor (literally) exam candidates who pay a fortune for sitting this exam in order that the Morlocks earn a lot of dosh whilst enjoying a day out in London....
It needs a seriously wealthy GP to (successfully) sue a patient for a vexatious claim for the cheats to be deterred - therein lies the problem.
[Such a GP would need to be prepared to face stalking by the GMC/gutter press etc]
Dickson has colossal effrontery to venture this opinion when, on his watch at the GMC,many of these cuts were inflicted on to General Practice by it behaving as a kangaroo court - I say this as one of its victims at a fitness to practice panel.
This is a brilliant article - spot on.
A problem here is the medical profession - some of us have a pathetic need to enjoy the kudos of curing patients and so are desperate to medicate patients instead of accepting/acknowledging our limitations as medics.
Quite simply, happiness cannot be dispensed.
Psychic pain needs to be viewed as a spiritual problem - troubled souls need spiritual remedies not chemical ones. But this notion is considered to be 'nuts' in today's secular world.
Brilliant article in that it exposes the breath-taking hypocrisy of our professions 'grandees'; well said PD.
I am great fan of the brilliant Des Spence (as of Copperfield and Peverley) but I cannot share his hopefulness; here I side with C/P.
Fantastic idea! I would be driving a Bentley if this had been in place for the last 25 years - instead I have become an expert at writing complaint response letters.
This is hilarious, a brilliant response.
'so utterly detached from reality, so utterly lacking in the ability to connect with the grassroots, so utterly predictable and fluffy and awful and nauseating and misguided and patronising' ....never a truer word said