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Just Your Average Joe

  • Junior doctor contract deal could see trainees '£18,000 worse off'

    Just Your Average Joe's comment 14 Jun 2019 7:50pm

    We need to massively increase medical student numbers immediately due to the delay in producing qualified doctors from scratch.

    This needs to start now so shortages which are pending due to retirement of full time colleagues - and the influx of part time working in juniors. You need 2 new doctors to replace 1 retiring doctor in some specialities now, especially as retention is a huge problem.

    Act now before it is too late.

  • Why we aren't signing up to the Network DES

    Just Your Average Joe's comment 13 Jun 2019 7:56pm

    In times of GP famine - the need to throw more good GP hours into another organisation - CCG, federation and now network meetings.

    Will there be any left to see patients?

  • I'm being denied an appraisal - for being a British GP working abroad

    Just Your Average Joe's comment 13 Jun 2019 7:46pm

    GMC - licence to print money.

    Persecuting doctors, pandering to patients.

    Time for the DOH to pay subscriptions as the GMC does nothing for me.

    I trained and achieved my degree and all my efforts to remain educated and up to date my own.

    The GMC takes my money to give me a certificate to practice which has no meaning, other than I paid my fee and they have introduced hoops of appraisal to please the politicians.

    Scrap the GMC and let the DOH pay for the privilege of persecuting doctors themselves.

  • NHS to investigate GP ‘fraud’ in retaining ghost patients

    Just Your Average Joe's comment 13 Jun 2019 6:47pm

    Maybe if the Government bothered to have accurate immigration checks with passport check in/out of country - they might actually know the right number of people in the UK.

    No issue with freedom of movement - but anyone from EU coming should register as being UK resident and then get NHS and NI numbers etc. When they leave country they are checked out - if stay out for 1 yr then triggers deduction from the appropriate UK list.

    Ghosts are actually real people and patients who may choose not to fill in the census 10 years ago! Accuracy of the census is so poor that it doesn't trump a real person who did come and register.

    Capita have responsibility to switch registrations as people move and re-reg with new GPs.

    There is enough fraud by the DOH on GP lists with several thousand real patients not being counted through financial fraud by NHS saying they pay according to weighted lists anyway.

  • Coroner criticises GPs for not following NICE guidance after suicide of patient

    Just Your Average Joe's comment 05 Jun 2019 4:20pm

    The story is tragic, as are all unexpected deaths from self harm.

    In an ideal coroner world - All suicidal patients should be admitted to a state of the art inpatient psychiatry service with immediate access to psychological therapies.

    The realities of provision of services in a tight budget means, even those inpatients with lots of support can self harm and successfully kill themselves while in psychiatric units under close observation.

    Checking in 7 days is fine, but a truly suicidal person may take their life at any time.

  • GPs to call for ‘immediate’ withdrawal of new contract at BMA annual conference

    Just Your Average Joe's comment 05 Jun 2019 2:41pm

    PCN forcing GPs to take on extended access and stretching already paper thin staff to work longer hours.

    This is going to turn into an insurance policy for the DOH with PCN eventually having to mop up patients if practices within them close, as a duty of care to the patients within the network. Then the closing and failing practices will become the problem of the remaining practices.

    The PCN is a trojan horse loaded with Sh!t disguised as extra funding to help us swallow it.

    Please turn back this policy of preparing primary care into parcel sized portions ready for privatisation.

  • Patients directed to 111 or 999 as 13,000-patient practice cancels all appointments

    Just Your Average Joe's comment 03 Jun 2019 4:54pm

    Hot off the press - CQC closed them down as they had pathology forms on the window sills, hot tea on the desk, and paper blue tacked to the walls.

    The last straw was toys in the waiting room. Urgent closure of practice, to keep patients safe.

    Knock on effect serious stress for all the practice, patients, and a reason for the CQC to exist.

    Don't worry about the cancer diagnosis missed as cancelled appointments and now the patient would think to return until a few months down the line by which time it has spread.

    CQC morale victory against lazy and dangerous GPs!

  • Revealed: more surgeries than ever closed last year

    Just Your Average Joe's comment 31 May 2019 10:04pm

    Poor Work force planning means there are more male full time GPs who were working 8+ sessions now being replaced by new GPs who assuming they actually stay to work for the NHS (Many are not), are only willing to work part time.

    If you surveyed the GPs leaving VTS schemes you would be lucky to find half a Full time equivalent per GP leaving.

    You don't need to be a genius to realise 1 out, half in and the tank will be empty soon.

    Most want to work as part time locums, or in some sort of portfolio career.

    Most do not want to be salaried as doesn't pay enough for them, and almost all don't want the limitless pit of work that partnership is, as they think they can earn as a locum, without the headaches and workload.

    The GP 5yr deal is a waste of time and paper. Forcing GPs into PCNs is simply stretching GPs even thinner, with CCGs and federations already sucking them into meetings and non clinical roles.

    Then forcing GPs into extended hours at threat of ex-communication from PCN, and any hope of extra finances, when there are not enough to cover day time hours is ludicrous.

    We need new medical schools immediately set up, with the whole cohort destined to be GPs from day 1, with that as the end goal of training for that new intake.

    Recruit for resilience and make the NHS and saving it core to the beliefs being taught and embed it.

    We need to return primary care to a vocation not a job, and at the same time the DOH and government need to back partnerships with real money and support via contractual changes to make it the best way to work as a GP.

    Then maybe the NHS and primary care has a future.

  • CCG to cut urgent care centre hours following GP at Hand deficit

    Just Your Average Joe's comment 14 May 2019 8:55am

    31 million to treat 47000 patients makes GP at hand look like it cost £659 a patient a year to run - if you assume the deficit is purely down to the change in service provision.

    Even the hub and walk in service was expensive but not such poor value.

    Robbing GP core services of funding - to pay for the worried well in either type of service is management allowing common sense to be sacrificed at the alter of demand.

    Not a single actually genuinely sick patient will be dealt with successfully by phone - as all you can do for those is signpost to another more appropriate service, where the costs are duplicated.

    If they were seen there without the original costs - savings would be made.

    The NHS should be free at the point of need, not free at the point of convenience.

    If services like GP at hand are allowed - it should be private only at the cost and convenience of those who pay.

    Core GP services should be returned to the Primary care base - where real patients are physically based, so funding is not jeopardised for the rest of the population.

  • Hospital foundation trust to take over three GP practices

    Just Your Average Joe's comment 13 May 2019 1:28pm

    Its no problem - they pay them more than the normal going rate for GMS and they get that advantage.

    They then run it at a loss and get bailed out with GP funding which is taken from other patients share of funding.

    Huge success of joint working -

    Ready to sell onto the US market as soon as those pesky Brexit talks finish and the UK can negotiate a trade agreement allowing the US insurance giants to swoop in and take over.

  • GPs will be required to collect annual patient feedback under GMC plans

    Just Your Average Joe's comment 02 May 2019 11:00pm

    GMC - Pandering to patients, while persecuting doctors.

    You pay to be tormented and tortured by them.

    Free at the point of service - should be tax payer funded as they do nothing to help doctors, and run by DOH appointed crony C Massey.

    How is he still in a job, how do we vote him out if the GMC is meant to represent the profession?

  • Record number of GPs recruited after first round

    Just Your Average Joe's comment 19 Apr 2019 11:41am

    Record 3500 trained - due to part time work and leakage from profession - you will be lucky to have 1800 Full time equivalents who will not fill the gap of retiring full time male GPs.

    2 in needed to replace 1 out - due to social and political factors meaning most now want to take breaks, part time locum/salaried/portfolio jobs, and very few full time partners.

    Locally only 1-2 interested in partnership in group of 17!

  • Extend London pay to nearby areas to stop GPs leaving, argue MPs

    Just Your Average Joe's comment 24 Mar 2019 3:03pm

    Politicians, BMA, RCGP and Medical Schools need to look sat who is going in, and how many of those are staying in medicine, and working full time.

    Even if 20 GPs leave VTS schemes - allowing for those going abroad, quitting, on extended maternity and childcare leave, and portfolio work, you will be lucky to have even half as Full Time Equivalent overall.

    So 20 GPs qualifying will not replace 10 Full time retiring GPs - so even if the numbers training match those retiring there will be a massive deficit waiting to hit home sooner or later.

    This imbalance in numbers needs a review in those accepted for training in medical schools and beyond, GP only medical schools, and some sort of golden handcuffs for training medicals students and GP trainees to keep them within the NHS as part of the contract to be accepted.

    If not started soon, there will be no NHS GPs to look after the Ivory Tower collective when they retire, though they probably have private cover and don't care.

  • We have ‘listened, acted and delivered’ in new contracts, says GPC chair

    Just Your Average Joe's comment 19 Mar 2019 8:04am

    We Need Mr Barnier to come negotiate our next contract as he has this government by the throat - No deal is better than this deal the BMA has negotiated.

  • GP at Hand costs could ‘jeopardise’ other health services if not mitigated

    Just Your Average Joe's comment 09 Feb 2019 11:46am

    Quarter the price per patient paid to online registrations, and recycle the saving into the helping practices loosing core funding which balanced their books.

    The work left behind by Baylon is all the patients with complex medical needs, the elderly and house bound.

    The 75% not paid should fund a service to help the housebound and elderly - taking some of this workload away from practices, which will otherwise be unable to function.

    The surgeries which lose the fit and young patients will slowly be destabilised and not be able to pay staff/locums and then won't have the resources to provide core functions.

  • CCGs told they must set up primary care networks by end of June

    Just Your Average Joe's comment 12 Jan 2019 4:07pm

    First get enough doctors into the system to allow it to run smoothly.

    New medical students will take 10 years to reach the front line, and yes there was a small increase, but the numbers needed don't match those being trained.

    Nor does it cover those training and leaving, and the large numbers choosing to work part time.

    Stop finding even more ways to take GP's away from front line patient work.

    Rearranging deck chairs on the titanic sounds about right for most other plans which don't address workforce/workload issues.

  • NHS 111 to book GP appointments directly starting this year

    Just Your Average Joe's comment 08 Jan 2019 1:08am

    111 waste of time and space sadly. yet to be of use - NHS Direct RIP.

    not accepting anything they send without triaging out the junk they redirect for no good reason

  • Who bears the cost of patients not attending?

    Just Your Average Joe's comment 05 Jan 2019 12:11pm

    This is incorrect - it costs GP practices and partners for DNA appointments. Yes it does allow catch up/breathing time but at a cost.

    With increasing recruitment issues, more and more practices are utilising routine locum clinics.

    The cost of setting up a locum clinic to ensure adequate number of appointments are available, is borne by the practice.

    If the equivalent number of DNA appointments were placed in this clinic, it would not be required = saving the practice the cost of that locum session.

    This comes from their own pocket.

    Hence in GP practices it is the partners or practices who pay for DNAs.

    GP and Hospital DNAs result in longer waiting times for all patients, but hospital costs are borne by the NHS overspends. This results in cuts to front line services with introduction of low priority procedures etc to balance books.

  • A&E ‘streaming’ competition is causing locum shortages for quarter of GPs

    Just Your Average Joe's comment 05 Jan 2019 12:02pm

    The GMC needs to step in and stop the non sense of Locum GP's refusing to do visits and other core work like signing scripts etc, especially when they are employed to cover small practices where they are the only GP presence for the session.

    Where is their duty of care and requirement to consider the needs of patients. Yes their working terms and conditions/demands are known up front, but where the alternative would be no GP at all, practices are being held to ransom, and patients are put at risk.

    GMC do something useful for once.

  • How GPs have been left dealing with the pensions pot fiasco

    Just Your Average Joe's comment 03 Jan 2019 11:53am

    Capita should be fined 500 million and this given to all GPs, as they have inconvenienced everyone's tax returns and caused stress to everyone.

    They should be forced to hired adequate and qualified staff to process all the data, complaints and requests for information within the next 3 months and get themselves back on track - at a cost to Capita.

    Once done they should be relieved of the contract.

    Capita should then be on a banned list and never awarded another government contract again.