Dr Dean Eggitt
- Doncaster GP and LMC Medical Secretary
- BMA GPC for Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield
- GP trainer and FRCGP
- Husband, Daddy and Patient
Breach of NHS constitution. CCG can't do that.
Great article, David. 5 stars from me.
Just a thought....
Groupthink, a term coined by social psychologist Irving Janis (1972), occurs when a group makes faulty decisions because group pressures lead to a deterioration of “mental efficiency, reality testing, and moral judgment”. Groups affected by groupthink ignore alternatives and tend to take irrational actions that dehumanize other groups. A group is especially vulnerable to groupthink when its members are similar in background, when the group is insulated from outside opinions, and when there are no clear rules for decision making.
Janis has documented eight symptoms of groupthink:
Illusion of invulnerability –Creates excessive optimism that encourages taking extreme risks.
Collective rationalization – Members discount warnings and do not reconsider their assumptions.
Belief in inherent morality – Members believe in the rightness of their cause and therefore ignore the ethical or moral consequences of their decisions.
Stereotyped views of out-groups – Negative views of “enemy” make effective responses to conflict seem unnecessary.
Direct pressure on dissenters – Members are under pressure not to express arguments against any of the group’s views.
Self-censorship – Doubts and deviations from the perceived group consensus are not expressed.
Illusion of unanimity – The majority view and judgments are assumed to be unanimous.
Self-appointed ‘mindguards’ – Members protect the group and the leader from information that is problematic or contradictory to the group’s cohesiveness, view, and/or decisions.
My childhood hero!
I'm glad to see that you are still practicing. Life is great and I'd love to hear from you / meet up / catch up.
Email me! - Deaneggitt@hotmail.com
Thank you all for the feedback. Always gratefully received - positive and negative!
Dear 3.06pm. GPS cannot strike as they are mostly independent contractors to the NHS. They can enter into a contract dispute but are not protected by their union as one might usually be under a "strike".
Dr Dean Eggitt
GP. The Oakwood Surgery, Doncaster
Doncaster LMC Medical Secretary
Complex care practices already exist. They are called hospitals