I hadn't realised England was oversupplied with GPs all desperate to flock north for the higher taxes & lower pay. Lothian has £1.6 million of the £12 million needed to fund contract changes and loads of staff reluctant to retire so I'm sure it will all be a great success.
So we agree we are in a receptacle 50% capacity situation. How about a top up? I would be happy to accept a
£25,000 increased contribution to expenses much as MSPs voted themselves.
One of our former senior partners reckoned that if you were elderly but could make it to the end of our long corridor then you were well enough just to be turned round and sent home.
Everyone I see displays one or more symptoms!
Anonymous Locum is spot on. Hello salaried service.
Sadly this is the zeitgeist so General Practice will cease to exist. There will be a slow realisation that it was actually good value for the money and then the wheel will be reinvented but cost substantially more.
Divide & conquer! I don't know about everyone else but take home pay (which I'm mercenary enough to consider of some importance)is going down the tubes. Guaranteeing MPIG & doing nothing about reductions in other income & increasing expenses is a pretty poor offer.
They are only guaranteeing that we won't lose out on the global sum but other income streams are being cut and expenses (eg staff superann) continue to rise year on year. Pay stability is a misnomer.As senior partner I am now taking home significantly less than our registrar. Unless there is a dramatic turnaround, retiral seems to be the sensible option. I feel desperately sorry for my younger colleagues who took on partnerships in good faith. If you think the government here supports Primary Care then think again. Sadly I fully expect the profession to vote for the new contract as we don't do confrontation.
Good luck with that. Where are the pharmacists & nurses to help us. As for IT, I'm still using Windows XP. Who does the work when GPs are on "protected time"?Please don't believe all the propaganda.It's far from rosy north of the border.
Agree with most of the above but I think it's only areas of deprivation that will benefit or maintain the status quo. There is no interest in supporting general practice elsewhere. Resources always go to deprived practices in the forlorn hope of a quick fix for health inequality. Practice income stability is a highly misleading concept as it does not cover all income streams and no account is taken of increasing expenses. Sadly, I have grave doubts that the profession will have the courage to vote no.
Not sure what was negotiated - looks more like government diktat. Nothing worthwhile on offer until at least 2021. Don't know where the nurses & pharmacists are that are supposed to be going to help out. Stabilising part of a significantly reduced income while expenses increase isn't going to help recruitment. As in 2004 there is no Plan B. Bob Crowe where are you when we need you?
No account of turnover or increasing expenses. I assume eventually those that are left will be on £80,000 at which point (if not before) we all become salaried.
Not sure people have changed. Most just want to feel valued at work and at home. General Practice has been massively devalued from when I started nearly 30 years ago. No wonder those that can are leaving and no-one is joining. Politicians of all parties and our leaders have been complicit in the process. RIP General Practice.
If you were a politician your holidays would have been "fact-finding trips" and expenses paid.
Looks like further deckchair re-organisation, no Plan B & definitely no more cash.No recognition of ever-increasing expenses so "pay stability" is a joke.
I thought we had an SNP government & that health was devolved? All parties are playing the same game.
Another way to provoke a run on the pound if government contracts are viewed as worthless.
Tiny matter of contract law getting in the way of this otherwise brilliant wheeze. Of course if you don't believe government needs to obey the rule of law then there isn't a problem.
Sadly, if you are providing a cost-effective service you are very unlikely to get increased funding - the expectation will be for more of the same.
"Priceless (and actually quite cheap)" - that's the real tragedy if General Practice collapses.Apologies for negativity!