“GP services at this practice cost the taxpayer £12.90 per patient per month”
I’m thinking of stickers for every prescription.
Daily Heil presenting this as “Crooked GPs steal millions” etc.
We are hated, even as we leave in droves. Sad.
Stelvio | Locum GP17 Sep 2019 11:42am
Anyone care to hazard an estimate how much the NHS owes GPs because the claiming processes are unfit for purpose?
I imagine it’s rather more than 88 million. But we must continue to be punished; 2004 was only 15 years ago and we can never be allowed such a victory again!
....and don’t get me started on Total Rewards Statements, which are entirely ridiculous and “can’t cope with GP Payments”. At a minimum, every paying member should get a free annual statement of what they paid in, what they hold, and how much this would equate to assuming they retired next 5th of April. But this is beyond them.
This fails because it makes an assumption of competence in record keeping. In recent years I’ve gone from being an added years payer to an ex pension payer as the scales fell from my eyes, aside from tax issues. My requests for accurate figures from NHS Pensions are met with incredulity. I’ve lost any faith that when I draw my pension in 10 years they’ll have the first clue what I am owed. And there’s the problem. Without trust in the system, there is no system. Contrast it with private sector financial service products: any company who couldn’t give you a real time balance of your holdings would be DOA.
What is the point of us any more?
Nothing new to add. Managed decline to continue. The profession is dying, and to “sell” it to new young medics is doing them an immense disservice.
Small general practice will be crushed. It has been decided. It’s time we recognised this and tipped the last drops of goodwill in the poison chalice down the drain. Tragic.
Again the myth of the independent contractor status is exposed. GPs are either free to organise their own business within the limits of the contract - “access to services” being undefined - or they aren’t.
Do what my old practice did when the CCG “winced” that we closed on Thursday afternoon for admin/training/cps with a duty GP available by phone for emergencies. Open the surgery door and pay a receptionist to answer the phone. Number of extra appointment slots? Zero. Difference made? None. Morale of GP? Even lower.
This is no accident. Singlehanded docs are to be made extinct.
There’s a high likelihood one would find ursine droppings in forested areas, too.
Well, at least it will make their next appointment interesting. I suggest when s/he wants his/her inevitable month of citalopram, give her 28 prescriptions for one. Call it a sense of humour test. Then retire. It’s all the rage., and given this nonsense, it’s no wonder.
Sending you best wishes from Australia David. I’m not sure I’d be at work in such circumstances.
I’m horrified. That’s a non-disposable tourniquet in the picture. I hope someone has filled in an incident form.
It’s 2 Tony. Punters know full well they are taking the mick with their symptom soup and are getting their excuses in early.
if you know your Star Wars....”it’s a trap!”.
Never more glad to be gone.
I’ll save you all £5,000.
Correlation is not causation, as we know.
Except when it suits the Suits.
Let them think what they like. It’s lifeboat time.
Remember being told nobody HAD to join a bigger group? Now look at us, herding ourselves towards the cliff edge like proverbial lemmings.
Never more glad to be gone. Good luck, friends.
NHSE drove me to seek a new life abroad, and for that I thank them. It was either that or get ill. My new country has only reaffirmed my view that the UK has become a toxic environment for many people, GPs included. In my new 10 doctor practice, 8 are ex NHS GP partners, often very experienced. None would willingly return. But it’s all been said before.... good luck my friends.