"Britain's Top GP....." Another one who has opted out of front line clinical practice to be a government hack. He and others like him are the reason I'm off in the next 6 months, like many of my contemporaries.
Big black hole coming soon - "They'll miss us when we're gone"
Soon to be ex-GP 3080872
So, having been slagged off for years for handing out these drugs like Smarties we are now vindicated . The 1in 4 patients that walk through our doors expecting us to solve their problems have little or no access to talking therapies so our only option is a sympathetic ear and a prescription. If the powers that be could address the multitude of non-medical stressors that cause psychological ill health perhaps our prescribing of these drugs might fall. Until then I suspect we'll continue to use them as long as everyone who's having a bad time heads straight to their GP bypassing family, priests, self help groups etc.
Suspect it's worse than the figures suggest.... I informed NHSE that my status would change from full time principal to locum 3 months before I planned to do so ( mid August ). This was acknowledged just before Christmas, some 7 months later. All of my mates in their early to mid 50's are heading for the exit, a perfect storm brewing, well done Mr Hunt
Good luck NHSE! I'm one of many who've baled out of Principal in General Practice ( 5 years earlier than I might have done) and am doing locums until the whole business of keeping the NHS afloat on good will and staying licenced becomes all too much and I walk for good. A perfect storm brewing and no amount of EU recruits is going to prevent it. Well done Mr Hunt!