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A similar argument was made about the UK leaving the EU
stopped giving a crap a year or so ago, engaging your heart in general practice is pain. leaves you wide open to exploitation and is bad for your soul. these days i work for the money, enjoy the bits i can and observe
"to start rolling out next week" ...i.e.avaliable in general practice where you are in about 3-4 months time.
It's weird reading bitter comments from angry partners moaning about locums. I hope I've not worked for any of you although I suspect I haven't, the universe has a habit of serving up what you wish for, you can smell that kind of attitude from a distance and Im happy to stear clear. Its odd reading some suggest locums will rush back to salaried positions and partnerships once the covid pandemic is past. I doubt it. The job will still make little sense. I'm perfectly comfortable having periods when the work is harder to come by, being a locum it comes with the territory but I cant see it makes sense calling back retired Drs and starting medical students early only to ignore 20% of the primary care Dr work force (locums) ..undoubtedly because the people running the show didnt know we are here. Really..what a bunch of wazocks! But totally unsurprising ..everything about the way primary care is managed centrally is nuts. Thats why I became a locum in the first place, and will remain one after all this is over. Being a partner/salaried is not a good place to position yourself..no wonder some of you are so angry, bitter and sad. Thats your choice and not the fault of 'the bloody locums'
Sounds like they're getting bored and are looking for something to do. Must be weird to find yourself working in a health care related body during the pandemic and discover your organisation is of absolutely no use to anyone
I don't believe a f&£@ing word they say. I needed this test like a month ago.
"DecorumEst | Salaried GP16 Apr 2020 1:14am
It’s not a ‘racist virus’, it’s the racist environment! "
could you tell me how that works?
Its obviously because Covid-19 is a racist virus
Hospitals are dangerous places and I'd only send someone there if I felt that danger was worth the risk, because there was no other option.
Who/what are NICE guidelines actually for? Lawyers, managers, administrators and lay people, not Drs
Truthteller | Salaried GP07 Apr 2020 1:22am
absolutely...with all the focus on Covid you do wonder about other stuff for which Covid will be a convenient cover. Not a time to be ill 😐
Can NICE provide a nice simple tool for distinguishing between Covid-19 and an acute exacerbation of COPD please
I work 100% as a locum. I use a well accessed and widely used regional online locum booking platform to source my work. There's nothing on there relating to Covid-19/triage or 111..in fact theres not much on there at all. It's unusually quiet...there's not much work about. No one it seems is interested in hiring locums just now. Its nuts. As if I didnt know it already one can only conclude the people running staffing within the primary care arm of the NHS are completely incompetent. Totally and utterly incompetent. In addition a large part of the government response is purely for the benefit of the media. All the talk of imminent staff tests (bullshit), retired GPs coming back to work (sounds like noone is putting them to work), final year medical students being forced into work before they really know what they're doing (what exactly are they going to be doing?)..all bullshit for the papers, the TV news and the daily briefings. If they actually wanted GPs then hire some frinking locums. There's loads of us. They either dont know were here (how stupid are these people) or they dont actually want to hire us (utterly dishonest). Pulse maybe you could find out whos running the 111 covid service, give them a call, find out who this dweeb is, how much they are getting paid, how they got their job, and why they hadn't thought about hiring some locums?
I really don't see the point of all this..smells of people with nothing much to do trying to look busy and important..'oh we'll write to GPs and tell them to do stuff...thank God we're here, at least someone is writing letters to GPs telling them to do stuff during the countries hour of need.' Cause we all know the one thing we are short of just now is people to tell other people what work they need to be doing. Thanks guys, keep those helpful and instructive letters coming
20% of the primary care Dr workforce are Locums. Locums, almost by definition, are available to book for ad hoc work. They need staff for the covid hotline but they aren't targeting Locums and they are offering pay way below market rate. What a bunch of numpties
If you don't test and they die 'they didn't have Covid' - great way to keep the figures down. Covid in the UK only occurs in hospitals - thats the unofficial official line it seems
This sounds pretty exploitative to me. What are these guys going to be doing exactly??
"NHS England said it would make changes to the GP contract..." really? Covid-19 and the pros and cons of working the bank holiday during this pandemic aside...I just don't understand (and never have) how we could have a 'contract' that can be re-written, edited and expanded at will by the government. That isn't a 'contract' ...is it?? ...and urrr whilst I'm on my soap box, were are the frinking staff tests so proudly announced by the government 'within the week' - nowhere to be seen and, it seems, actually weeks away.
Please let us know when antibody testing is available - I'd like to know if I had it already.
Many thanks for this article and for Pulse more generally. For all the frustrations, difficulties and problems we have had I take comfort from the fact that the UK does still have a universal and coordinated primary health care system. Despite its obvious failings I'm not sure this network is replicated to the same extent in the health care systems of our friends and colleagues in Europe to whom I wish the very very best (anyone who knows better please correct my ignorance). We have the potential to have a very significant impact on the direction of coming events. Good luck to everyone indeed.
Patrufinito | Manager21 Mar 2020 1:47pm
GPs generally are trying not to see coughs and colds - thats the whole point of telephone triage. The problem is the patients who on the surface 'probably' dont have COVID but actually do and/or assessment of the unclear, indistinct and fuzzy - unfortunately people dont walk around with labels on their foreheads detailing their diagnosis. Someone has to work that out and it cant always be done over the phone