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  • The many disappointments behind this appointment

    NI gp's comment 06 Nov 2019 8:44am

    In my area, orthopaedics and neurology routine appointments have become unworkable
    7 -8 years for a knee or hip replacement
    5 years plus for a routine neurology appointment
    Trouble is that the waiting lists are growing faster then the number of patients being seen so effectively you will never ever get an appointment at all....

  • A third of GPs have reduced their hours over the past year, says GMC

    NI gp's comment 24 Oct 2019 1:01pm

    Why would anybody with any sense of self respect work beyond what current pension limits allow???
    It is unbelievable in this time of “worldwide shortage of doctors” that HMG financially make it punitive for doctors here to work full time, and at the same time try to grow the workforce
    It is bonkers!!!!

  • GPs may have to assess mental health and mental capacity free of charge

    NI gp's comment 16 Oct 2019 6:07pm

    Agree with Vince ho!
    If we all refuse to do this work what can be done about it?
    Government functions only by consent, if there us no consent then I don’t think we could all be punished into doing this work...:..

  • Practices receive up to 20% higher funding per patient in different regions

    NI gp's comment 03 Oct 2019 7:37pm

    Thanks Christopher, illuminating data....
    I would dearly love to know the Northern Ireland numbers....
    Anybody out there got them????
    I would imagine they might be a tad lower but who knows......

  • Practices receive up to 20% higher funding per patient in different regions

    NI gp's comment 02 Oct 2019 8:01pm

    And the numbers in NI, Scotland and Wales are what?
    Can pulse please publish these as well....

  • Addiction to prescription drugs: GPs stuck between a rock and a hard place

    NI gp's comment 02 Oct 2019 10:50am

    Current routine pain clinic appointment in my patch is now over 14 months wait so this is not an option for a lot of patients

  • No-deal Brexit could close down practices, says RCGP chair

    NI gp's comment 23 Sep 2019 6:02pm

    This is unacceptable, my rcgp also needs to own and promote my pro brexit views as an rcgp member as well as the remainer members

  • 35. Dr Alan Stout

    NI gp's comment 29 Aug 2019 12:30pm

    Well done Alan for making the list, I wouldn’t want your task of trying to negotiate in the current NI political vacuum...

  • Record A&E attendances and worst-ever referral waiting times, official data shows

    NI gp's comment 09 Aug 2019 2:13pm

    And in NI without any government for over three years, the position here is much worse than in GB, and yet....... flags, Irish language, bonfires and marching are all that ignites public opinion here!
    Deteriorating public services don’t even register with the average elector in Northern Ireland
    Our waiting lists are eye wateringly bad and believe it or not folks, they are so much worse than any where else.....
    I despair!

  • GMC was advised to appeal Bawa-Garba case to 'protect reputation of profession'

    NI gp's comment 05 Aug 2019 4:11pm

    So if as the GMC says, the legal advice was WRONG, then this should pave the way for this doctor to claim compensation from the GMC based upon their own admission that their handling of the case was a mistake and therefore, the GMC should be found liable for the damage done to this doctor as a result of their error, surely....???

  • Boris Johnson pledges to reduce GP waiting times in first speech as PM

    NI gp's comment 25 Jul 2019 10:31am

    To have aspirations is surely a good thing, is it not, the three years wasted by stagnating dithering Mrs May cannot have been any better than now, can it?
    So folks, let him have a chance! It might all come tumbling down like a house of cards but and I mean but, our experience with Mrs May’s friend Karen Bradley has been very poor as Secretary of State for NI, so Anything has to be better than the last three years has been for us at least.....

    The alternative of a Corbyn government is unthinkable for me as we would soon learn how bad things could actually get.....

    Let’s see what transpires, it is too early to know whether the Boris premiership will work or not so perhaps we need to wait and see.....

  • GPs 'should stop using inflammatory markers as non-specific test'

    NI gp's comment 19 Jun 2019 5:53pm

    I hope the courts reflect on this advice when we are dues for not following NICE guidance,
    I notice as a GP trainer, my st3 doctors nearly always order a crp for all patients and the partners rarely do so.....
    Until the courts realise the implications on the nhs by ordering so many tests nothing will change as we all adopt extreme defensive medical practice.....”just in case....”

  • RCGP threatened with court action again over BME bias

    NI gp's comment 17 Jun 2019 7:39pm

    Consider the makeup of the csa examiner panel, I feel that this is the problem with a bias against examiners of differing backgrounds and locations throughout the uk, I don’t know of any ANY current csa examiners from Northern Ireland general practice.....I don’t know the ethnicity breakdown of the examiners but it would be an interesting question to ask.....

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

    NI gp's comment 05 Jun 2019 11:02am

    Reality is so different from ideal world situation, in a service like ours where urgent mental health cases aren’t seen for weeks by secondary care despite Gp concerns it seems unfair to lambast a poorly resources service for failing to meet unrealistic expectations imposed by nice,
    Toxic no win situation for the Gp and the patient, under resource the service and then blame it when things go wrong, guidelines are what they are, just guidelines and not rigid parameters for care

  • Why I'll leave RCGP if Julia Hartley-Brewer speaks at conference

    NI gp's comment 21 May 2019 8:32am

    Gagging is not the answer, free speech is a key to U.K. life, whilst you may not agree with the speakers point of view, open debate and a just cause will see their arguments to be false and let the public decide
    I abhor racism of any sort and the right way to deal with this is to face it down by logical and reasoned debate
    Remember, the U.K. remains an incredibly tolerant society for people from all backgrounds and the vocal few get a disproportionate airing in the media, the vast majority of the U.K. people remain welcoming and reasonable, I am truly sorry that your life experiences tell you otherwise and your story is dreadful.
    In NI we have had 30 years of hate and killing in the name of “religious division” and it is awful but hopefully reason will prevail
    Tolerance is essential and gagging people you disagree with not the action of an open and free democracy because it leads to very dark places indeed
    I understand your viewpoint entirely and feel your pain, remember to rise above other people’s prejudices and accept that others have a different point of view, it may not be nice and cosy but our western democracies rely on us all collectively tolerating free speech even though it may cause individual pain, the alternative approach leads to a totalitarian system that controls what we can experience and that is a very dangerous road to take.....

  • Hancock hints indemnity scheme could be paid for with GP core funding

    NI gp's comment 21 Jan 2019 6:44pm

    I left the bma late last year when they came out and backed eu remain agsinst the will of the people, I have saved quite a bit of money so far....

  • Financially 'unsustainable' to run a practice, say GPs

    NI gp's comment 06 Dec 2018 10:38am

    Current spend on general practice in Northern Ireland is now running well below 11% nhs spend, depending upon how you read the data, I reckon it is about 5-6 percent at present,
    Perhaps some more informed people couldpost the exact percentage for 2018-2019
    And yet..........
    Primary care indicators are so much better that secondary care here as we endure the worst secondary care waiting lists that I have seen in my career of over 25 years as a gp
    Something just doesn’t add up!

  • Brexit prompts RCGP to take legal advice regarding political impartiality

    NI gp's comment 08 Oct 2018 11:29am

    Not appropriate:
    I do not want MY college to petition on MY behalf for a second referendum on Brexit, I voted out and I expect MY college to respect MY opinion as a member of good standing

  • If this is the bedrock no wonder general practice is sinking

    NI gp's comment 08 Oct 2018 9:41am

    I was at RCGP Glasgow in 2016 and I vowed never to return, the disconnect between the conference and reality at the GP frontline was stark, it was like a party political conference where everybody claps each other on the back and mutually congratulates each other for being excellent and GP as being wonderful place to be!
    Well it isn't!
    It could be!
    But it is not at present!
    I must say the pharmaceutical sponsorship really got to me as well and I didn't like it one little bit,
    So I promised never to return to the RCGP annual conference until it became relevant and meaningful to ordinary GPs and not just a happy-clap festival for an elite minority.

  • Significant rise in students starting medical school seen for first time in years

    NI gp's comment 21 Sep 2018 6:55pm

    Once again Northern Ireland bucks the trend, less gp investment, no crown indemnity for gps, no pay rise this year and a drop in medical students and.......our local politicians are not in post and haven’t been for 600 days.....
    Very quickly Ni healthcare is deteriorating day by day....
    Longest waiting lists in the U.K., political stagnation and low morale amongst those trying to keep it going for now.....
    We need change here and we need it soon!