A good friend of mine who trained in the UK and worked in the Middle East for 3 years tried to return to UK NHS General Practice last year. So many barriers resulted in her working as a GP in the private sector in London. A narrow escape for her.
“There has been a slight increase in the number of GPs in Scotland over the past year”
Come on Pulse, what does this actually mean? GP partners only ? Partners and Sessional GPs combined? Does it include Trainee GPS etc etc
At ground level it seems like a deteriorating situation.
I acted on the template letters time after time, I ensured the rest of the practice team had access to these templates, I contacted my local LMC repeatedly. It took a lot of effort and time in addition to the day to day relentless demands. All that happened was an increasing frustration on my part, at a system that didn't respond to my efforts, nothing changed and other workload factors worsened. In one fell swoop I cleared my frustrations. left my partnership and voted with my feet. Best decision I made.
"More patients 'struggling to reach GP on phone'" is the BBC health headline with regards to the same survey. The media love a negative GP bashing story.
Do these people seriously think this will help? Are these the same people that think a GPs job is simple and linear in decision making? People have access to NHS choices already ,I agree it may help some patients. However the worried welll are significantly increasing in numbers over the last decade, through many media driven scare stories, and as a result will only read advice and increasingly action subsequent "you can't be too careful" appointments. I had someone today making an appointment for a DRY throat for the past few days. Her sore throat 4 weeks ago had settled.She heard an article in the news about throat cancer and decided "to get checked out"!
Totally agree with @copernicus
My first thoughts are that the strain on the partners must be untenable for such action. Wish them all well and that they are all in a better situation very soon.
Totally agree with the above. Every time I see this ridiculous annual event I just cringe. Influential?..... don't make me laugh....or cry!
Thank You Nigel and very best of luck with whatever is next for you.
Agree with @RLE GP
Watch this space, the imminent Scottish Contract is not going to address the ever increasing workload placed on us. The allied health workforce is non existent and certainly not willing to taken the responsibility needed of them.
The new Scottish GP Contract is not going to address spiralling workload demands because there are no pharmacists, physios,ANP etc etc etc waiting in the wings to help out. Everywhere has rota gaps and this BMA lauded contact isn't worth the paper it is written on. The BMA is self serving and out of touch.
Here here. These essential questions need answered for the fairness and safety of both patients and doctors, no matter what colour we are, but especially for those of us who have increased melanin in our skin!
You have someone that brings you tea and biscuits?!!!!! I can only dream of such a world!
"This latest fall in GP numbers demonstrates that the government needs to work with organisations like the BMA to ensure we have a coherent workforce plan that gives GP services the capacity to meet rising levels of patient demand."
Both the government and The BMA have no idea, or wilfully choose to take note of what grassroots GPs need in order to function. Both are significantly out of touch!
Oh and add another to the diminishing list in 2018.....
in my experience PNs and additional Primary Care staff just don't accept responsibility and need to persistently involve GPs. Health Board Pharmacists in our practice work quietly in their rooms once a week, with limited tasks and at the end of the day the remaining tasks are passed back to the GPs as they don't have the time to finish everything!
This new contract of ours isn't going to address this, and as in an aforementioned comment we have waited patiently so very long for this contract to find that we need to tread water for another 3 years to receive the "help" of a risk averse and limited abilities of support Primary Care teams! We are drowning at this moment!
Waiting in anticipation. Sounds good lets see what happens in reality. The Scottish Government are acutely aware how much its costing them to provide a service for practices they have taken over. It will be interesting to see how much they have listened and how serious they are about stopping the decline and imminent implosion of Scottish Primary Care.
Dr Madan,this is too funny! Actually Laugh out Loud funny!
It smacks of desperation and delusion (Australian doctors!!!) , and despite that only certain practices can apply, I bet the application process will be onerous. They have to fund it themselves. They will have to deal with the language barriers. They will have to deal with cultural barriers. This will take up a lot of time from struggling practices and finally when the realisation occurs of what these poor doctors have got themselves into they will leave or locum.
Its not going to work.
NHS England's national director for primary care Dr Arvind Madan said: "blah blah blah"
The BMA said "blah blah blah"
NHS Digital figures released today ......blah blah blah
Unlimited direct access, inappropriate requests, demands from everyone and their dog etc etc etc THE JOB IS S**T, make it better controlled and the problem is solved. If the powers that be don't want to address how overwhelming it is then the numbers will never add up, however much the figures are manipulate. And the verbal diarrhoea will continue......
My Practice doesn't have any unfilled vacancies and we are inundated with work. In my early 50s and am ready to leave my partnership in 1 year. You can try and increase the number of GPs by piddly amounts but it doesn't solve the free for all buffet that is the elephant in the room.
Dont want to read any more blogs from you. Over and out.
@anonymous Locum GP
Totally agree. Am now ready to walk the plank and jump by the end of the year. Its every "man" for himself. No point waiting. BMA and GPC are self serving. Good Luck All. We all deserve better.
Lets face it, no one is planning to provide the funds that are actually needed to save NHS General Practice in its entirety. Limited funds are being directed to failing practices and failing areas first because these are the areas that are costing the public purse the most. I have waited long enough, for hope of things to change. Am not deluded anymore, and am not hopeful anymore. This acceptance releases the heavy burden of waiting. I accept with open arms less money and more time. Time to leave my partnership.