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  • *Cough* *cough* 'This...' *cough* 'is...' *cough* *cough* 'perfectly...' *cough* 'good...' *cough* *cough* '...for you'

    Mystery Locum's comment 09 Jan 2018 4:52pm

    "But doctor, its gone to my chest".......Astute as always Dr C. I particularly hate the fact that they then look at you like you have 3 heads when you tell them you arent going to give them antibiotics

  • Why I have voted ‘yes’ to the proposed Scottish contract

    Mystery Locum's comment 05 Jan 2018 4:51pm

    Well said @ Richard Weekes.

  • Why I have voted ‘no’ to the proposed new GP contract in Scotland

    Mystery Locum's comment 05 Jan 2018 3:11pm

    I quite agree and as per comments on the "voted yes" article, i think that some of our colleagues are unfortunately deluded or possibly simply very naive(i hope the latter) as to what they think is going to happen when this contract is implemented.

  • Why I have voted ‘yes’ to the proposed Scottish contract

    Mystery Locum's comment 05 Jan 2018 3:03pm

    I quite agree @ Miles Mack. It is made pretty clear by scottish govt it isnt investment in GP but "primary care". It wont come anywhere near us and what investment has already been made has basically been squandered on nothing helpful

  • Have Scottish GPs reached the promised land?

    Mystery Locum's comment 14 Nov 2017 5:17pm

    If the promised land is purgatory then yes we probably have reached it. I think the sGPC should be ashamed of this rubbish they are selling to us. It is salaried by the back door and nothing less. Still us taking on all the risks and us being responsible for any and every decision made by the shiny team they are proposing. It certainly does absolutely nothing to address recruitment or retention problems. No junior doc will be choosing GP because of this load of guff. The Scottish government must be delighted at this proposed contract.

  • Not in front of the children!

    Mystery Locum's comment 14 Jul 2017 1:50pm

    Great article as always. Why shoudl we whisper in corridors about the issues in general practice? Trainees need to know this stuff to prepare them for reality rather than the cardie oriented ivory tower mentality that seems to pervade college pronouncements such as this. I am relatively recently qualified (couple of years)and my trainer at the time was very much the "all is rosey" mentality, Fortunatley, i had colleagues and friends who werent so blinkered so i got a very good warts and all perspective. Trainees need to have an honest view of how things are

  • BMA asks GPs if they are prepared to close patient lists en masse

    Mystery Locum's comment 13 Jul 2017 5:16pm

    I await the ballot about whether to have a ballot or not........Not that i am in any way cynical about all this or the BMA and their effectiveness! No unity in the profession and no chance of this even happening i would say

  • NHS England set to pay GP practices to combine to cover 30-50k patients

    Mystery Locum's comment 31 Mar 2017 12:58pm

    Bye bye continuity of care presumably. And easier for the private porviders to move in and take over. Oh, what a surprise.

  • Scottish GPs may not be given a vote on new contract

    Mystery Locum's comment 08 Mar 2017 1:34pm

    oh look, our "union" is going to making arbitrary choices on our behalf again and selling it as "triumphant" or something along those lines. How can you accept a contract on behalf of the entirety of GP in Scotland without asking us if we accept the new terms and conditions? Are they terrified that we wont approve or give them a mandate? No vote=contract imposition by default. It isnt all about money.

  • How do we solve the problem of locum GPs?

    Mystery Locum's comment 24 Feb 2017 3:14pm

    I am a locum by choice. We do not get paid silly amounts up here in scotland. Locum pay is far less than down south. I take home much less than a partner but i wouldnt want to be one.i think the continuity argument is misplaced as, certainly where i work, i very often see the same patients repeatedly over a period of time. I chose to be a locum despite the uncertain nature of the work as i love working in a few practices and i think it adds to an individual.practice as i ofen can bring suggestions of new ways of doing something i have seen elsewhere. Practices should value our contribution and the us and them mentality adopted by some needs to stop or the whole system is just going to implode

  • NHS officials to fly to Australia to persuade GPs to come back

    Mystery Locum's comment 10 Mar 2016 1:41pm

    Why on earth would anyone in their right mind want to come back??? I fear that the government may be delusional if they genuinely think this is a possibility. We might get some GPs from England because things are marginally less crap here. And how do i get one of those jobs where i get paid to pop off to oz for a wee jolly like this?

  • Conditioning your kids

    Mystery Locum's comment 23 Feb 2016 10:39am

    excellent blog. Hope i manage to bring my son up the same!

  • Daily Mail's 'Mind Doctor' has missed the real GP story

    Mystery Locum's comment 09 Feb 2016 3:48pm

    Most amusing. I notice he doesnt reply to tweets and defend himself at all (Dr Max that is). He really should look at getting psyciatry's house in order before trying to have ago at us. Mh services are hardly a paragon of flawless virtue

  • 10 things the NHS can do to give GPs a less crappy new year

    Mystery Locum's comment 30 Dec 2015 1:39pm

    sense as always. I hope the DoH has a crony that reads this. Even half of these would be great but i fear we have the proverbial snowball's chance.

  • Copperfield's top tips for dealing with colds

    Mystery Locum's comment 16 Dec 2015 1:51pm

    Nurse at 1040

    Really?? Sense of humour failure perhaps?

    Great blog as always, still making me chuckle. Need to try the laugh technique!!

  • GPs’ CQC fees to increase more than six-fold within two years under new proposals

    Mystery Locum's comment 02 Nov 2015 3:34pm

    Well, as a Socttish GP where we dont have this utter nonsense, i can sympathise with all of you. The whole profession needs to stand up and say "no" to the CQC. I cannot see any way they could ever justify this fee increase. Excepting of course that it fulfills the government agenda of pushing smaller practices out of business. Personally, no amount of money in the world could ever tempt me south of the border whilst this farcical and punitive regime exists. unfortunatley, our profession has far too many "cardies" and they will porbably all just meekly accept this rather than stand up and be counted.

  • Needs improvement: CQC chief’s rating of his own organisation

    Mystery Locum's comment 20 Oct 2015 4:41pm

    as terry wogan would say "is it me?"

  • The risks of noctors, phoctors & mocktors

    Mystery Locum's comment 20 Oct 2015 2:56pm

    @pharmacist 10:59am I am sorry that you feel that way regarding GPs and medics. We are not all gold plated silver spoon types with rich mummies and daddies. I funded myself through med school after my first degree, like a lot of people i know. I left with around 50k of debt. Most of us worked damm hard to get where we are (including working through med school in 2 jobs in my case) and you shoudlnt tar us all witrh the same brush. I am very sorry that you feel you had to "make do" with your degree. No one is trying to denigrate pharmacists or other professionals. Just emphasise that we dont want to be taking on repsonsiblity for other people's clincial practice as well as our own.

  • The risks of noctors, phoctors & mocktors

    Mystery Locum's comment 20 Oct 2015 2:56pm

    @pharmacist 10:59am I am sorry that you feel that way regarding GPs and medics. We are not all gold plated silver spoon types with rich mummies and daddies. I funded myself through med school after my first degree, like a lot of people i know. I left with around 50k of debt. Most of us worked damm hard to get where we are (including working through med school in 2 jobs in my case) and you shoudlnt tar us all witrh the same brush. I am very sorry that you feel you had to "make do" with your degree. No one is trying to denigrate pharmacists or other professionals. Just emphasise that we dont want to be taking on repsonsiblity for other people's clincial practice as well as our own.

  • If our diagnostic skills become obsolete, I’ll eat my hoverboard

    Mystery Locum's comment 14 Oct 2015 12:57pm

    nail, head, hit it. as always!