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.
It’s a scandal that NHSE SBS and/or Capita allow this pensions stuff to go on. If proof were needed that GPs are not valued, this is it. They can’t be bothered to pay us accurately. Vote with your feet while you can.
The job was slowly making me miserable. The GP environment in the UK is increasingly toxic and being dragged unwillingly into medical politics and service redesign was not what I signed up for 10 years ago. So I left for Down Under. Best decision I ever made. I’m sorry to say UK GP needs to burn to the ground before it can be reborn from the ashes. The absolute vacuum of leadership from our seniors is a scandal, but to those waiting for it to change, you are wasting your time. Act, do not simply hope for the best.
Planners are not interested. A key factor in my early departure was the plan to build 450 new homes near my former practice. The three overloaded GP surgeries all turned up in person at the planning meeting to object, saying there was no capacity for these people. Ignored, waived through on the nod. Resigned the next day. Amazing how 2-3 locum sessions a week seems enough now.
The current model is dying and we should not be intervening. A fee for service model and instantly turns a full waiting room from a headache to an opportunity. If we were all independent contractors billing the NHS for our activity we could all work as much or as little as we chose. The more entrepreneurial among us might want to own buildings and employ support staff in return for a cut of our fees. This model works for lawyers chambers, Australian GPs, and must be the way forward. If we could chose to pay less than 34% into our pension, in return for reduced benefits, that would help. Something needs to change. Alas not for me, I left for new pastures weeks ago.
An excellent use of public funds, based on sound evidence based medicine. Meanwhile my local leisure centre has closed and there are 19 fast food establishments within a 2 mile radius of my house.
If we gave the 17,000 people who lost weight £250 each, the scheme would cost a smidge over 4M and we can spend the change on something useful like a community swimming pool or ten.
This is delusional nonsense from the BMA. Look to Wales to see how our masters will give with one hand, take with other, and provide zero new money for frontline general practice. We have seen all these tricks before, pump-priming, move the goalposts, revised targets, new ways of working, all amounts to the same thing. Every April we anxiously scan Pulse for news, for the obfuscation of NHSE is a sight to behold. A decision has been taken to slowly starve primary care as ongoing penance for 2004, and however much our esteemed leaders try, lipstick on a pig is all I see. No more. Notice given to my partner and NHSE last year means today is my first day of freedom.
Lies, and way too late. I’m afraid I don’t listen anymore. Exit plan on track 2019.
If you live long enough you might get dementia.
We’ve become a sausage factory.
I see this is all over the press today.....oh no, wait a minute, there’s a wedding going on.
It’s 1000 +1 from me. This job is so toxic I’d rather drive a taxi.
Heroes to a woman my team. I wouldn’t do their job for a gold pig. Any job where you deal with an over entitled public is purgatory these days. The problem is a societal one. For instance, when did it become okay for patients to call you “mate”, and when did we become so afraid to challenge this?
Criticised, undermined and attacked?
Sounds bang on to me.
Should be enough to cover a couple of first class one way flights to Sydney from Heathrow, with a few quid left for lobster and champagne at Doyle’s.
Britain is finished.
Dr Ong would do well to consider his options carefully. The arbitrary aloof way he has been handled this time is very typical of the British approach to medics, especially those with non Anglo-Saxon names. We are not valued.
Do yourself a favour and book a seat on the next Qantas flight outta here.
A hopeless fudge. I’ll keep dishing out paracetamol where needed.
If the DoH can’t grow a pair, why should I?
Besides, the hit to my dispensing fees is a powerful disincentive.
2 fingers rampant.
Insulted by the contract. Headline pay rate is just half the story. NHS111 booking directly into my slots, mandatory EPS giving distance pharmacies access to my dispensing patients, no new money for practice nurses, mandatory extended hours, and meanwhile I have to provide political cover for my CCG no longer wanting us to prescribe for fungal nails or head lice.
Taxi to Australia House please.
Correct. What you can and cant prescribe is a political decision. As long as I can, I will. Jezza Hunt don’t pay my indemnity.