Retired GP Partner
BBC Panorama 7.30pm "Why can't I get an appointment" cutting edge TV investigative journalism at its best...
Take home messages;
1. GPs average income £92,000.00 p.a.
2. Child dies of ischemic bowel because GP misinterprets telephone messages and does not offer urgent/same day appointment.
3. GPs in deprived areas don't offer enough appointments.
4. 20,000 physios pharmacists and paramedics will save the day.
5.One GP burned out under extreme pressure.
Having watched the documentary I believe that the intended message in the broadcast is that GPs are to blame for not working hard enough. Patients need appointments and GPs are not meeting their demands.
SUCH A DISAPPOINTMENT.
SUCH A MISSED OPPORTUNITY.
Conclusion for all GPs...
You're on your own. Think for yourselves.
Whatever you decide, with the wealth of knowledge you carry with you from your own training and experience you can at least look after those close to you.
HMG, NHSE, RCGP, CQC, DHSC, HEE and on and on really don't give a shit.
Stay if you wish.... leave if you can.
Times... they are are a changin'
Stephen Hammond MP is Minister of State at DHSC... (and a very important man)....
He says " this government is committed to a brighter future for all our health and care professionals" (so we should take heed and be impressed)....
Our elected government has gone to hell in a hand cart.
I quote Brian... (He's not the Messiah.... he's a very naughty boy!)
"You dont't need to follow me.
"You don't need to follow anybody".
"You've got to think for yourselves".
"You're all individuals".
"You're all different".
....and don't be the dullard who responds "I'm not"...
Splendid work Claire Murdoch. That'll fix it. Job done.
I've sent some constructive feedback to this address but I'm not holding my breath for a response. It'll probably be processed by an app.
You can email NHSE with any comments at
I've just downloaded the app. Useless. If this is the best NHSE can come up with, they should hang their heads in shame. 0/10. Mrs Beeton gives better advice. First published 1861.
Somebody's just read "Too many pills" by James Le Fanu. It's worth a look.
Just get them all to run 5K.... that should do the trick
Latest studies by senior medical academic and public health experts reveal that your best chance of living a long and healthy life of predefined genetic length is achieved by...
1. Choosing your parents wisely.
2 Exposing yourself to all available pathogens in infancy and childhood (eat soil, skin your knees whilst falling out of trees). Parents... ensure your kids walk, run or cycle everywhere. Buy them a dog, make sure they are responsible for it, walk it and clean up after it. Make sure they have the opportunity to make lots of friends.
3. Making sure you and your children are fully vaccinated against comment prevalent infectious pathogens.
4. Assuming every child and adult is healthy if they are well and asymptomatic.
5. Everything is fine in moderation.
6.Let common sense prevail.
7. Only ever seeking medical advice if you are inexplicably ill (excludes coughs, colds, common aches and pains, overindulgence, misbehaviour, lack of regular exercise and poor lifestyle choices).
8.Not agreeing to be screened for anything until you understand the potential benefits and side effects of the process (false positives/false negatives/harm from unnecessary treatment etc).
9. Do not take any medication until you understand the reason(s) for its recommendation, the side effects and potential benefits (if any).
10. If you feel fit and well... usually you are fit and well. Don't ask questions you don't want the answers to..
And your point is...?
the record's stuck... sschk....the record's stuck... sschk... the reco
Then read "This is going to hurt" by Dr Adam Kay followed by "Bad Pharma. How medicine is broken and how we can fix it" by Ben Goldacre. Makes you think...
Then read "Follies and fallacies in medicine" followed by "The death of humane medicine" both by Petr Skrabanek. Get some perspective....
Read "Overdiagnosed. Making people sick in the pursuit of health" by Dr H Gilbert Welch.
"He who neglects what is done for what ought to be done, sooner effects his ruin than his preservation"
Following a recent "post" either in comments on news items or views, I've just read "The Death of Humane Medicine" by Petr Skrabanek, and look forward to taking delivery of "Follies and Fallacies in Medicine" tomorrow morning. Thank you to whoever mentioned this visionary (if controversial) Professor of Medicine in their comments....
For those who are unfamiliar with his work (as I was), all I can say is he's well worth a read . Sparky, irreverent, relevant and laugh-out-loud hilarious. If nothing else he puts the day job into perspective.
Sorry.... Dr Jefferies and Partners. Very popular London Practice now accepting patients.
No worries. Staunton Group Practice is just a tad under 11 miles from Dr S Jeffries and Partners. What's the problem?