"One locum colleague has gone from earning £130,000 working 10 sessions last year to nothing over the last two and a half months because he is ‘scared’ to work in the high-risk shifts available"...
Sounds to me that he made a personal choice?
The cynic in me is seeing the Shielding letter as another "Blue Badge" that can be used/abused. Case in point, I am having to deal with patients who believe they should have one but not received one. Reasons for asking? nothing to do with health concerns but citing pay/work issues.
"Dutiful repetition of a kind act loses impact and meaning after a while."
So true. It also gives rise to Clapping-Nazis and people who shame their neighbours for not clapping (reported in sky news recently).
Do it once - special, symbolic and much appreciated. Do it every week and it becomes a chore.
As per Anonyhamster, some comments here just brings out the covert racism in the NHS. This didn't come out because BAME doctors want to stay at home and not see patients - this came out because of the stats! It's there for everyone to see. Something is happening to BAME doctors/nurses. As your colleague, I am disappointed but not surprised.
COI - immigrant BAME doctor
@ Dylan | Salaried GP18 Mar 2020 11:56am
not when you have to deal with it and anything that goes wrong is your responsibility
Great! She can do all the home visits then!
There's no way us GPs will be allowed to stay off for 14 days. Unless you're on a ventilator.
You're not really selling the idea of partnerships with your comments. Rather the opposite.
Please don't get angry. I wouldn't like you when you're angry.
What was the point of this vote? Had it gone the other way (i.e. co-payments), would the LMC have seen it through?
I wouldn't trust anything from them, full stop.
They couldn't even check a medical qualification properly (re: bogus psychiatrist).
Not fit for purpose.
This is why we as a profession are considered pushovers. The upside of being a locum is the flexibility and freedom to set your own working hours. If you don't get paid for working beyond your contracted hours, dont work there anymore! Just walk away and find somewhere else to work! I can just about understand partners and salaried doctors being caught up in this but locums? C'mon guys...
Best news I've heard all year!!
My "resilience" advice to everyone is - just make sure the patient cannot complain on the grounds of anything clinical. Just make sure you did everything clinically right.
Complaints about attitude, language, etc. are water off a duck's back.
Dear Emmas Wilkinson and Rosser, are you guys seriously claiming that locums get paid £60 per day?? Don't misrepresent figures to create headlines. This is Pulse, not the Daily Mail.
If a locum works an extra hour and charges £60 and then goes home - that does not mean he is paid £60 per day!
if you can prescribe but you don't want to and the patient complains - what is your defence? EXACTLY.
only thing that works is if you are unable to prescribe it in the first place (i.e. blacklisted, not available on FP10)
"If, for example, the partner failed to action secondary care requests this would be a serious breach of his duty to patients and might result in a referral to the GMC."
By that logic, if I forward an abnormal smear result to a cardiologist, they are responsible for acting on it or else they get referred to the GMC??
Whatever happened to whoever requests the tests/investigations, are responsible for the results??
I have a very high regard for receptionists. The amount of abuse they get from nasty patients can be soul destroying.
I have been a patient myself and although I felt that the receptionist I spoke (whilst trying to make an appointment) to was slightly abrupt, I did not take any offense as I suspect I was the hundredth person calling that morning. If you take the time to train up your receptionists properly, they won't be "overprotective" but "protective".
unfortunately the GMC interprets "protect patients" as "protect patients opinion"
doesnt matter if it's right or wrong, if patients say jump, GMC will say "how high" when they should be asking "why the hell do you want me to jump? is it because the doctor declined giving you antibiotics for your runny nose?"
not going to happen because of the local weather. being pale is the status quo, so getting a tan is desirable.
look at the reverse picture in hot Asian countries where being pale is considered beautiful instead.