That sums up - GP morale is all time low, even if you recruit them you wont be able to retain them - two of my last four trainees went to overseas to practice medicine! Yes, you got to treat the cause not the symptoms.
BAD IDEA ??
@ Mr Eggleston : just to say obvious that GPs are asking for contract change! Is there any problem doing that? what do you mean by 'simple service provider'? Like in your contract you charge by every prescription you dispense, similarly GPs are asking for fairness, if they see more patients they will be paid more (per patient or slot basis) , simple ! At the moment this is being paid as block payment, in other word bottomless contract where it is unlimited minutes for fixed bill (by the way - phone company is clever enough to put small print as 'fair usage' but not our negotiator colleagues) !
All parties will be happy if we have a contract that pays per consultation time 10 min or 20 min - patients chose depending on how many problems s/he has, doctor/ receptionist can extend 10 min to 20 min depending on complexity and then claim ( Aussie system allows that to happen). To me it sounds more fairer than current bottom less unlimited contract, I propose this to morning session at Pulse live but speakers seems to think that this is too revolutionary !!!
It tells a lot about the bunch who is running the country.........another GP bashing minister !!!It is frankly risky i suppose to talk about more than one problem in 10 min - because doctor will not have enough time to do exam and come up with management.
Thanks Margaret McCartney for your effort. Good article. I know that nothing will change our politician's plan to GP Bashing. Unfortunately, public media like BBC is preaching the hatred against GPs without considering the complex issues of consumerism versus patients' need (limited resource).