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  • Shining a ray of light on the harms of tanning

    proud cardigan's comment 29 Jul 2019 10:28pm

    Whilst I agree about sunbeds, can I just point out that increased sun exposure is associated with lower all cause mortality.!divAbstract

    The key seems to be to have plenty of sun exposure all the time, and not to go on holiday (or a sunbed) to get your tan...

  • Commissioners attempt to impose larger network after blocking GP proposals

    proud cardigan's comment 13 Jun 2019 9:02pm

    What's with the font on this article?!

  • Practices required to offer a quarter of appointments online by July

    proud cardigan's comment 05 Feb 2019 9:31am

    And while I'm at it - how many of us have seen people who book an appointment online to come and see us face to face to say can I have my cholesterol tested / an NHS health check / do I need my thyroxine dose altered, etc etc, which could and should have been done by phone or reception

  • Practices required to offer a quarter of appointments online by July

    proud cardigan's comment 05 Feb 2019 9:29am

    Beaker has hit the nail on the head here.

    Already we have people occasionally making it through to a GP appointment because they refuse to tell reception why they would like to see the GP - only to be redirected to physio, pharmacy, nurse, phlebotomists, or a different GP.

    And we have people booking nurse appointments for blood tests that should have gone to phlebotomists, and with HCAs for rashes that should have gone to nurses or GPs.

    25% is a huge proportion of appointments to be open to such inefficient usage.

  • Five-year GP-based training could start in 2021, says NHS England adviser

    proud cardigan's comment 04 Jan 2019 9:00pm

    I think it's vital for them to have SOME time in hospital based specialties, if only to see how communication between hospitals and GPs can be improved, and to understand what the situation is like for the hospital juniors.

    5 years in GP, straight from med school is not the ideal solution, IMO.

  • Government rules out exempting GPs from GDPR subject access requests

    proud cardigan's comment 03 Jan 2019 10:51pm

    the ICO said that you should NOT give the SAR information to the lawyers, but you should provide it only to the patient themselves. Then the patient can decide what they want passed on to the lawyers.

    A subset of the record between certain dates can be a SAR, but a subset of information relating to a certain incident, or medical condition is a medical report.

    But it still takes a long time to redact. We routinely say to all SAR requests that they will take longer than 28 days to process due to the clinician time needed to check the notes for third party references.

    Govt want us all to provide full online access to notes for patients - but I don't see how this is possible, given the third party info I end up redacting, often from hospital letters which are scanned in...

  • BMA: Subject access requests to GPs increased by more than a third since GDPR

    proud cardigan's comment 16 Dec 2018 12:52pm

    How does complete access to electronic record help? The bit that takes the time for the GPs (as opposed to the admin staff) is the redacting of third party information - which can't be done to an electronic record (how do you redact info from hospital letters that have been scanned in, for example?

    And we are still left with the issue of coercive control and third parties pressuring people into giving up their secure passwords. We have some patients who will never get electronic access because we don't feel it's safe for them to, but we can't identify everyone to whom this applies.

    I fully support patients having access to their complete records, I just think that we need to be funded properly to do the redacting, as well as the admin costs.

  • Quarter of extended GP appointments unfilled as policy rolls out nationally

    proud cardigan's comment 01 Oct 2018 8:49am

    The issue that the powers that be seem to be missing is that the demand is not for the timing of the appointment, but for the regular GP.

    If the appointments being offered were with the regular GP, they'd be filled like a shot - all our internal extended hours apps are taken, and we often see very elderly patients at 7am saying they would have preferred a daytime apt but there weren't any, and they wanted to see that particular doctor.

    All these extended hours pilots are on cluster or large group basis, and not staffed by the regular GPs (who are too busy chasing their own tails), but by locums.

    These policies are very London-centric, and prioritise the needs of the working well to the detriment of the medium and long term unwell, elderly, mental health, etc.

    When we have a health secretary who openly admits to using a health app which unashamedly prioritises the working well over anyone who might benefit from continuity (which we know saves lives, and reduces hospital admissions), what hope is there?

    Time to stop these silly, wasteful policies, plough the money back into core hours primary care to increase the number of doctor appointments in hours with regular GPs.

  • 150,000 GP records wrongly shared as patient data preferences 'not upheld'

    proud cardigan's comment 02 Jul 2018 5:05pm

    ...and what happens when the national press get wind of this?

    Are we all going to be inundated with patients asking if their data has been used without their consent?

    And how will we know?

  • 150,000 GP records wrongly shared as patient data preferences 'not upheld'

    proud cardigan's comment 02 Jul 2018 5:04pm

    Who is the data controller in this instance?

    If one of my patients now does a SAR and asks if their data has been used against their will when they had specifically denied consent for it to be used in the sway, is the individual GP practice responsible (as the data controller)..?

  • Digital rectal examination for prostate cancer by GPs 'unnecessary', finds study

    proud cardigan's comment 18 Jun 2018 11:13am

    I'm sorry are they saying that ALL men with lower urinary tract symptoms should be referred on a 2ww because their chance of having prostate cancer is over 3% ?

    How does that work?

  • Practices will have to provide information requests for free under new legislation

    proud cardigan's comment 30 Apr 2018 11:01am


    The new regs state that you can charge if the request is excessive. The old regs said we could charge £50 because they recognised the request was excessive as it required us to trawl through the notes to check for harm and third party data.

    So maybe we can charge and indeed in principle we can charge the full cost rather than the £50.


  • PHE encourages parents to contact their GP over scarlet fever concerns

    proud cardigan's comment 15 Apr 2018 11:16am

    Devil's advocate - Here's a thought - why does it matter?

    Evidence for use of antibiotics for scarlet fever in developed countries is poor; the rates of glomerulonephritis and rheumatic fever are so low. The situation is different in developing countries, and was different in the 1950's.

    Nowadays, the evidence base suggests you probably don't need to treat scarlet fever with antibiotics.

  • Hospitals desperately need an overhaul to improve access

    proud cardigan's comment 14 Jan 2018 10:29pm

    I can't believe you are being so negative about our hospital colleagues. Do you not remember when this consultant contract came in and consultants were suddenly going to be paid for the work they did, because the government thought they were all on the golf course half the week. Productivity went down because the trusts couldn't afford to pay for all the unpaid work they had been doing up till then to keep things going, and they got p'd off with being told they were lazy all the time. In some cases they were told they were not allowed to carry on doing what they had been doing before because the trust couldn't afford the necessary number of PAs (or because it was illegal.

    The whole NHS runs on goodwill, not just the GP land.

    Yes, the hospitals have some glaring inefficiencies but it is really shameful that you suggest the hospital docs are not working their backsides off like the rest of us.

    Don't forget that within the admin PAs they have to teach the juniors, organise rotas, teach GPs, and do all the admin stuff we have to do (but without the advantage we have of being much more efficient due to having decent computer systems).

    The comparison of money spent in hospitals per patient contact is also utterly nonsensical. This is apples and pears. I would need a lot more money if I was going to be doing open heart surgery on my patients, just as I would need a significantly bigger drug budget if I was going to be in charge of oncology drugs or new biologics.

    Stop being so negative and lets all draw together for the sake of the patients and the NHS. We should be fighting privatisation and fragmentation, not each other.

  • Medicines optimisation schemes simply rob Peter to pay Paul – GPs should boycott them

    proud cardigan's comment 30 Sep 2017 10:21pm

    Too often we are pitted against the pharmacists - the flu jab debacle being a classic example.

    But they are doing other things to make money too - like the minor illness scheme where they can claim a consulting fee for every bottle of calpol they sell, where the parents would never have consulted a GP or pharmacists anyway.

    Good for them, I say.

    And the branded generic which is cheapest this week, is going to be different next week. Far better to stick to prescribing the generics and let the pharmacies take their cut.

    I like the analogy about borrowing the neighbours ladder.

    Now, how to sort out the issue of having to code the flu jabs given elsewhere for zero income to us..?

  • Extended GP opening has 'no immediate correlation' to A&E use, CCGs find

    proud cardigan's comment 30 Sep 2017 10:13pm

    Can anyone tell me why the presumption is that the extended hours are offering extra appointments? Surely they are spreading the same resource more thinly. (I know they are supposed to be extra, but they are taking our daytime locums)

    And separately, if the A+E attendance rates are linked to being able to get an appointment with your GP (as we are often told), how extended hours fits in with this? Surely it is the availability of appointments, not the timing of them per se, that matters?

    Wouldn't it make more sense to provide funding for more daytime cover?

    Oh yeah, but that would be logical, and not appeal to the London-centric politicians. Silly me.

  • We're so enthused by peer reviews, we've started already

    proud cardigan's comment 04 Sep 2017 8:51am

    At risk of courting abuse here, there are some benefits to limited peer review - which those of us in properly functioning practices have been doing for years.

    Huge benefits in being able to say to your colleagues "look, you know mrs so and so, she's got this and I'm not sure if it's right to refer her now or to do something else first, what do you think?"

    On an informal basis it is enormously helpful and we do it all the time.

    But there is also an argument to improve referral letters to make priority triage easier for the clinicians at the other end (who are as stretched as we are, don't forget). A letter saying "please see and treat" is useless, and may conceal a very high priority case or a very low priority case.

    There is guidance being worked on to help us write better referral letters, just to remind people to include basic stuff like what has already been tried (and what dose and for how long), but also the most critical part of the referral letter is frequently missed - the expectation of the GP. Is this a referral for advice, ongoing management, treatment or reassurance.

    But a formalised and compulsory peer review committee like this is unlikely to be helpful - more likely to create extra work for all involved, introduce delays and increase risks to patients. Where is the evidence for this?

  • GPC in urgent talks as indemnity makes general practice 'untenable' by autumn

    proud cardigan's comment 07 Aug 2017 5:40pm

    The argument against crown indemnity is that it still has to be paid by someone, and this pushes the cost back to DoH so they have to make cuts elsewhere to cover it.

    I would like to work just half a session extra, but the rise in indemnity (as it would cross a boundary) is prohibitive, so I don't. And that's also why I can't do any out of hours.

  • Two new GPs needed for every retiree, warns report

    proud cardigan's comment 30 Jul 2017 4:21pm

    Anonymous salaried @ 2.42pm

    Beware burnout. Portfolio careers are a great way to avoid the inevitable burnout - general practice is simply not a viable full time option. Buddy up for continuity, and communicate well within the practice, and it works just fine.

    What we wouldn't take on is salaried GPs - part time partners are definitely the way forward. The BMA model contract, if stuck to, is in no way a reflection of a GPs job, and the difference creates too much stress in the practice, with the partners feeling like the salaried docs get an easy life and are paid more by the hour for the work they do (which, sadly for us, is true).

    Now, let's just try and recruit a few more part time partners...

  • Salaried GP? Here's how to secure a model contract

    proud cardigan's comment 19 Jul 2017 11:26pm

    If I employ a salaried GP straight from training at another practice, and they break their leg on his way to their first day of work at my practice, the model contract entitles them to 6 months full pay and 6 months half pay, even if they never set foot inside the building.

    There are lots of issues with the model contract being a cushy number for salaried GPs - and if we all move to a salaried service the NHS will fail pretty much instantly if we al worked to rule on the model contract.