Agree whole heartedly. Locum land, however is where after 15 years a partner, I headed to 4 years ago, and have never looked back. 4 full days a week, 95+% patient contact. None of the direct micromanagement etc for me, just the clinical role I love and wanted when I headed off to uni many many moons ago.
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Agree, had at least 8 men come to ask for a prostate cancer test in past 10 days. All given the facts and figures, leaflets and time to explain the pros and cons and why not a screening test, only for all to have blood test done anyway. Even getting men in their 30s!!!!
Agree, had at least 8 men do not to ask for a prostate cancer test in past 10 days. All given the facts and figures, leaflets and time to explain the pros and cons and why not a screening test, only for all to have blood test done anyway. Even getting men in their 30s!!!!
Well said! I became an extremely happy, fulfilled and committed locum 3 years ago and have never looked back. I am finally doing what I set out aged 18 to be, a clinician, spending my working hours in face to face patient care rather than in my formal role as a partner with a substantial part of time on meetings about meetings, audits without any clear clinical benefit, staffing, recruitment, bean counting etc etc.
I enjoy the ability I have to work on my terms. Take a holiday when I want, not only after negotiations with my colleagues. To do sessions when and where I want, and to meet a huge range of excellent colleagues.
I would never want to give up this freedom for the ' benefits of paid leave' etc etc.
I agree whole heartedly with the author.
We CHOOSE to be locums or portfolio GPs, no one forces us. If we wanted the security of the above benefits we would sign up to the wealth of salaried or partnership vacancies available.
My two kids had between them 18 'febrile convulsions'!
My eldest would have more complex ones, including one resulting in a post ictal hemiplegia for an hour (very scary) and one ending with neck stiffness, significant drowsiness and a few petechia. Cue resus etc etc. One hour later he was cute as a button running round the ward!
My second would have hers in more dramatic places, middle of the nursery PE lesson, at the Tesco check out, and in the pushchair awaiting her brother at school pick up.
The only persistent thread running through them all was that both were entirely well until the fit itself. No preceding fever, no preceding illness (only afterwards). Just looks of worry from other parents, grandparents (as one started on their watch) and supermarket workers!
The first and the hemiplegic ones caused us brief emotional meltdown. After that we were cool and calm, and became experts at batting away offers to call an ambulance.
So I completely agree, it is the illness hitting the immune system or brain that seems to cause it, neither were even remotely warm or even unwell at onset.
Let's hope the other companies follow suit
Dr Tina Sumner
Locum GP , Yateley, Hampshire
I've been low carb high fat since January. i use dietdoctor.com , a fab website full of evidence, menus, recipes and advice. Almost all is free.
I now am also convinced that carbs are the devils food! I recommend LCHF eating to all type 2 diabetics and to all who want to lose weight without hunger or fatigue.
I agree with th author, this should be mainstream, first line advice, we are bordering on negligence if we do not at least inform our patients of this lifestyle.
Brilliant artical, I was and will always remain an Eloi, after all who entered medical school to be a manager? Partnership did not allow me to practice the patient facing medicine I proudly learn, so I found want I needed in locum land.
I too resigned from a partnership last year having gone from burnt out to full blow severe depression as a result of the constant demands the job entailed. I had been there for more than 15 years. I knew that unless I made the move I would end up ill again. Now I'm a very happy, relaxed and fulfilled locum working 8 sessions a week with Pallant Medical Chambers, I am working less hours than I did as a 5 session partner! I now love being a GP but it is very much on my terms.