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David Banner

David Banner

  • One in four children 'rejected by mental health services, despite extra funding'

    David Banner's comment 14 Jan 2020 9:32pm

    Only 1 in 4 rejected???
    Surely that should read 1 in 4 accepted.
    And even that’s a tad generous.

  • Female GPs earn on average £40,000 less than male counterparts, finds report

    David Banner's comment 14 Jan 2020 2:41pm


    Male GP works 5 day week for £100k

    Female GP works 3 day week for £60k

    Is the headline “Male GPs earn £40k more than female GPs”, or “Male and female GPs have equal pay”??

    You decide. I’ll lend you my calculator if it helps

  • LMC advises GP practices not to sign network contract

    David Banner's comment 09 Jan 2020 7:09pm

    We always wondered which straw would break the camel’s back. Admittedly this DES is more of a haystack than a straw, but still....
    If PCNs up & down the land REFUSE to sign up, then NHSE will discover that this filthy, ancient, clapped out, ill tempered, malnourished and malodorous camel still has teeth.....and a camel’s bite is the dirtiest and nastiest bite in the animal kingdom.

  • Children rejected by NHS mental health trusts as criteria for GP referrals tightens

    David Banner's comment 04 Jan 2020 10:28am

    Be warned. CAMHS have beaten the path for others to follow. Ruthlessly reject referrals, then claim you are meeting all of your targets. Adult Psychiatry is already following suit, and other specialties are realising the tantalising possibilities of dramatically reducing their workload and boosting efficiency statistics by using the same tactics.
    Wrong form, insufficient details, don’t fit criteria, refer somewhere else (that doesn’t exist).....Secondary Care is becoming skilled at sending patients in circles leading eventually back to your desk, and CAMHS can proudly claim that they showed the others the way. Yes, a few kids committed suicide, but look at our waiting time target achievements!! With only half the staff!! Result.

  • GPs to visit care home patients fortnightly under network requirements

    David Banner's comment 04 Jan 2020 10:13am

    There are approx 410,000 UK care home residents.
    So for every PCN of 50,000 patients this is roughly 350 residents.
    If there are 25 FTE GPs in this Network, that’s 14 patients per GP.
    Since they want “substantially more” than a standard 10 minute appt, let’s assume 20 minutes per patient every fortnight, plus travel time.
    That’s the equivalent of 2 surgeries per GP every fortnight.
    So across the Network every GP drops the equivalent of a surgery every week.
    This is utter madness. Massively inefficient, with a huge impact on non-care home patients, and minimum benefit for care home residents, who still need another visit when they become ill the day after their fortnightly check up.
    In some Parallel Universe where GPs are plentiful this might seem a good idea, but in the present climate it’s catastrophic lunacy dreamt up by Blue Sky Utopians with zero grasp on the grim reality of the chaos that is Primary Care in 2020.

  • Let’s start the new decade by telling patients the truth

    David Banner's comment 02 Jan 2020 12:24pm

    The problem is that there are light years between what is promised to British punters against what is actually available.
    Patients are constantly fed a diet of early presentation, screening, self diagnosis, “see your GP if...” etc, then are disappointed and angry when confronted by the reality check of the “no appointments” delapidation of Primary Care in 2020.
    We all need to adapt expectation management strategies this decade. Learning to say “no” to patients is a tough gig, but if our paymasters continue to peddle “Paradise for all” in a parallel universe that no GP recognises, we need to be the harbingers of hard truths and harsher realities.

  • Teen girls with anxiety at greater risk of developing eating disorders

    David Banner's comment 29 Dec 2019 10:18pm

    Re Premolars
    I’ve definitely noticed that more women than men are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, why oh why is there no research to back this up?

  • How the CQC stole Christmas

    David Banner's comment 20 Dec 2019 10:35pm

    There was an old doc from Esquirement,
    Who found himself surplus to requirement,
    For the CQC
    Shut his surgery,
    So instead he took early retirement.

  • Patients with anxiety visit GP, but those with depression go to A&E, finds study

    David Banner's comment 19 Dec 2019 10:41pm

    The depressed are going to A&E, not GP????
    Could’ve fooled me.

  • The RCGP must adopt a neutral position on the assisted dying debate

    David Banner's comment 10 Dec 2019 11:27pm

    Re Soren

    A robust policy would avoid your understandable slippery slope concerns.
    - ONLY those patients with full capacity, with a proven terminal illness, and with less than 6 months to live according to the opinion of 2 doctors, would be allowed to make this choice.
    - no doctor would ever be pushed into signing a form if they morally object
    - simply being old, depressed or demented would not be justification enough.
    - The Netherlands have operated this compassionate policy for decades.
    - terminal patients are already voting with their feet, dragging their exhausted bones to Zurich, paying thousands and risking prosecution of caring relatives just for some final control and dignity.
    I sincerely hope that this option is available by the time I become terminally ill. I still find it astonishing that we (rightly) allow the right of termination at the start of life , yet still block it at the end, condemning poor patients with zero hope of improvement to a dragged out, painful , undignified end that we would never force on our beloved pets. We at least deserve the same rights as our cats and dogs.

  • Trust declares black alert and directs patients to local GPs

    David Banner's comment 10 Dec 2019 11:01pm

    A long long time ago GPs provided drop in surgeries with no appointments.
    Then HMG decided to dump more and more tasks upon us, forcing GPs to introduce appointment systems across the board to manage the deluge of patients, the majority of whom were well, not ill.
    So what about the acutely unwell?
    Well, they started rocking up at A&E.
    No worries, NHS111, extended hours, walk in centres.....these will mop them up.
    And yet the hordes are still invading A&E.
    Transforming GPs from care givers for the ill to administrators for the well was a catastrophic error which continues to reverberate throughout a broken NHS.

  • Why I'm a GP running to be a Labour MP

    David Banner's comment 06 Dec 2019 6:57pm

    Cheadle?? Tory/Lib Dem marginal seat. Labour were 14,000 votes behind Conservatives, and 10,000 behind the Lib Dems.
    Not a prayer, I’m afraid.

  • Maths made simple for politicians

    David Banner's comment 06 Dec 2019 6:15pm

    vae nobis

  • GPs given green light to issue antivirals at earliest point in ten years

    David Banner's comment 06 Dec 2019 11:05am

    So we knew there was a nasty Aussie Flu coming down the pipe.
    Then we had huge delays in vaccine supplies arriving (yet again), meaning large numbers of cancelled clinics in October, and disgruntled patients deciding not to bother again.
    And A&E already overrun in Summer. IN SUMMER!!
    Antivirals are useless, a near placebo fig leaf, involve a huge amount of GP time (coming from where, precisely??), and are thrown at uninfected individuals who may then be diagnosed far too late as they have already been “treated”.
    TOTLights is right, this really could be the breaking point. I believe Australia is nice this time of year?

  • Housing developer to help fund new GP practice

    David Banner's comment 06 Dec 2019 10:51am

    Naturally it will be APMS, staffed with ruinously expensive locums, then close down in 2 years time as unprofitable.
    One day someone at the top will realise that GMS wasn’t so bad after all. Too late now, though, nobody with half a brain would touch a partnership with a barge pole.

  • Doctor loses tribunal after refusing to use transgender patient's chosen pronoun

    David Banner's comment 05 Dec 2019 1:17pm

    When “rights” clash it never ends well, especially when both sides are determined not to compromise.
    Hence religious groups picketing schools educating pupils about same sex relationships.
    Or radical feminists who see their identity being erased by the rise of the transgender lobby.
    Yet when the Abortion Act passed doctors were allowed to exclude themselves depending on their personal beliefs.
    But such a sensible compromise seems impossible in these polarised times.
    There are already storms brewing over GPs being strong armed into prescribing puberty blockers to trans children (is it more abusive to prescribe or not to prescribe?).
    But reasonable debate is suppressed over fears of being labelled phobic.
    (However, we should refer to any patient by whatever name or pronoun they like, it’s simple decent courtesy)

  • GP practice asks patients to pick up prescriptions from petrol station

    David Banner's comment 26 Nov 2019 0:05am

    “20 Embassy, tenner of diesel, giant Mars Bar, can of coke and me statins please mate”
    I’d stay away from the petroleum jelly if I were you though.

  • GPs vote for home visits to be removed from contract

    David Banner's comment 22 Nov 2019 1:32pm

    No political party will back this. It’s a vote loser. This is a Pyrrhic victory. In fact, it puts home visits back in the minds of patients who may have thought that ruthless triaging had effectively banished them in all but name. Many GPs only visit when they deem it necessary (mainly palliative) and stiffly reject/divert/admit/ bring to surgery the rest. If we all did this the problem would rapidly recede, without all the negative publicity we will receive if this is enacted.
    Grow a spine, filter out 80% of requests, regain control, after a while patients stop asking. Only visit if you want/need to at a time that suits yourself. Can’t wait? Then go to A&E, we’re not an emergency service. Study the 2004 contract, we have control if we choose to enforce it.

  • These short-term pensions measures are essential

    David Banner's comment 21 Nov 2019 10:44pm

    My understanding from hospital colleagues is that there will be no “paying the bill”, but that the AA charge will be “scheme pays”. Then on retirement the AA amount will be knocked off. Of course, this means the Treasury claws some money back in increased Lifetime Allowance, but might attract doctors back to work this Winter without shelling out millions settling their tax bills.
    Quite clever, really, but scrapping the taper and increasing AA to former levels would be far more effective.

  • Working Life: TEDxNHS

    David Banner's comment 21 Nov 2019 10:29pm

    I’m all in favour of a bit of optimism in these dark times, but focusing on “medical feminism” or “inclusivity and kindness” does seem to be missing the point.
    As us old, knackered full time (mainly) male partners are worked into extinction, the young, spirited part time(mainly) female salaried doctors are (quite rightly) not willing to bear the yoke of 8am - 6.30pm 5 days a week with bottomless workload that we are/were subjected to.
    Which begs the simple question. How will Primary Care survive?
    The sexist point is well made but is rapidly becoming historical. Kicking the pale male stale corpse may give some satisfaction, but it’s already dead.
    And being kind and inclusive is difficult when chained to your desk for 10 hours or more.
    We need radical new ideas, not just empty Woke sloganeering.