I am an SRN,SCM,MTD.HV
Healthcare provider worker @ 10.36am.
Here here !! But sadly, most individuals aren't much interested in 'what's best for the society as a whole', they only vote for which party will best serve THEMSELVES & mainly which will bring them more MONEY ! As Maggie Thatcher said, "There's no such thing as society, only the INDIVIDUAL !"
And it shows !
It would appear, from some GP comments, that Care plans will only become relevant & important to them when the care plan is YOUR OWN or YOUR LOVED ONE'S ?
GP Partner @ 10.58pm, You are misinformed. NI contributions of all employed people fund at least 20% of all NHS expenses, the rest is funded by prescription charges & general taxation which we all pay !
They are NOT "only for pensions" !
Other healthcare professional @7.54am,
Do you REALLY think the elderly & the poor voted in the Conservatives ??
Interestingly, some weeks ago, there was an extremely good exposure on Woman's Hour about this very subject. I listened intently to the Consultant Urologist bemoaning about the thousands of poor women who suffer unnecessarily from chronic UTIs because of the wrong diagnosis & treatment by GPs. I waited & waited & waited frustratingly for the CORRECT diagnosis & treatment - but he NEVER gave it !
Medical etiquette !!!
I must admit I too am bewildered at how so many doctor contributors are so quickly prepared to automatically sympathise with their colleague, when NOBODY seems to know exactly what the GP was alleged to have done NOR what the final outcome of the case was!
Would your opinion have been the same had the patient been yourself or your loved one ?
So, if not the GMC, then WHO/WHAT does protect the patient ??
Anon. GP partner @ 9.48 on 19 Sept !
Not so 'Ubergefucht' as the patients, particularly the poorly off ones, as always !!
So it IS all about money for many of you !!?
Thank you, Dr. Johnston,
Let us not, in our personal struggle to survive, fall into the trap of believing that there are only 'deserving' ill ! Ironically, we shall ALL end up, sooner or later, as patients !
United we stand, divided we fall !
Dear Dr. Minhas,
Here's another scenario ;
Consultant Obstetrician ; I'm sorry, Dr. Minhas, your baby was stillborn. Unfortunately, the doctor, who was looking after your wife in labour, was drunk & didn't take seriously that the foetal heartbeat had become so slow & irregular. However, you will be pleased to know that the poor doctor is receiving counselling for his drink problem.
I will leave the next scene to your imagination !
I'll have to be careful or my sympathetic tho' frank comments may be blocked as they were from the Editor's blog !!
I'm delighted for GPs that they will soon have rapid free access for help with stress related conditions. As Victoria Cleak courageously points out, I agree, it's a pity that, because of the shortage of NHS psychotherapists & counsellors, the GP's patients in similar states will have to wait for months if they can't afford £60 +/hr for private help !
Dare I suggest too that it's not only GPs who are at risk of 'burnout' in the NHS AND other 'caring' professions !
Also, as the psychotherapist contributor points out, personal & external circumstances often HAVE to change for recovery to take place. Perhaps it is unfair to put all the blame on 'needy' & demanding patients when the responsibility for the cause lies elsewhere ?
Dear GPs, I know it will not be much comfort to you but this is NOT only a difficulty for GPs, it permeates throughout all our lives & it REALLY took off with 'There is no such thing as society, only THE INDIVIDUAL ' !!!
I'm confident that there are lots of patients who REALLY do appreciate your efforts, we should tell you more often ! Thank you !
So, 'Honest from Yorkshire' you REALLY don't see ANY way that you can help the patients you mention ? How about just being a compassionate human being with relevant knowledge & contacts, recognising honesty & remorse & a plea for help from a desperate flawed fellow man/woman ? Just how do YOU define a 'medical problem' ??
Anonymous GP partner @ 12.57pm !
I think either your name or an apology is called for, please !
Well said Dr. Vinci Ho & Anonymous GP partner @ 12.26pm. I agree with all you said
Shame on you PULSE with your misleading & inaccurate headline & report ! Who's side are you on, the gutter press' or the doctors' ?!
Now we shall see whether the BMA et al are worthy of the doctors they purport to represent ??
As if there wasn't already too much testosterone around in the world !! I suspect there will be some female GPs sitting on their hands !!
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Dear Dr. Shabi,
It was ever thus, it's all about tactics, whether it is the nursing profession or the teaching profession or even the Police, governments depend on our altruistic principles to divide, browbeat & take advantage of us so that we sometimes forget why we chose that career in the first place.
Surely, General Practice IS part of the NHS just like Nursing & ALL the healthcare professions.
I suggest we are ALL fighting for the NHS. A lot will depend on the Judge's decision next Wednesday, but whatever the decision we cannot fail to admire the courage, sincerity & integrity of the junior doctors of 'Justice 4 Health' who, with the support of the public, have risked everything,
FOR THE NHS !
Sorry Dr. Mephisto, I wouldn't waste my time !
Please could someone explain to me why continuity of care ISN'T good medical practice ?
Dear Anonymous pharmacist, 10.01am.
NHS patients do not HAVE to pay for an emergency supply ! It is entirely up to the pharmacist. If the patient is elderly, or not well & has overlooked asking for a repeat prescription of a drug which would be inadvisable to stop suddenly, then ANY sensible & compassionate pharmacist would supply a small free amount to a known patient whilst awaiting the prescription.
HOWEVER, if the pharmacist is greedy or bloodyminded, of course they could refuse or charge !