Not sure I've ever used taste in my assessment of patients (certainly since the advent of Glucostix!)
PHE would be better spending their time lobbying for a decrease in antibiotic use in animal husbandry, rather than patronising clinicians.
Do you seriously believe this promise. It sounds like not a lot of money with strings attached.
I would be very wary of any promises from the light-weight App-man Hancock.
Once again, Kailash Chand nails it. Excellent analysis, and very very scary.
Tinpot corporals promoted above their ability and our respect.
He hasn't got a clue. Overpromoted apparatchik is being found out by his own stupidity.
I suppose we must be glad for even a smidgeon of insight into the huge damage caused by the GMC.
The GMC is an executive branch of the Department of Health in all but name, populated by placemen, crawlers and has-beens.
I retired largely because of revalidation, and the dreadful performance of the GMC. That was 5 years ago. I now spend time with grandchildren and play the alto saxophone.
It is quite extraordinary that cocooned apparatchiks in London discover the importance of General Practice intermittently, then do nothing.
This man must be judged on his record, which is pretty dire.
Fine words butter no parsnips.
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The money squandered on inspection could have been used to fund the front line.
The CQC is now probably worse than Ofsted is for schools; arrogant, unsupportive, arbitrary, eccentric and loathed by active clinicians.
Steve needs to tell us he was misquoted, and set the record straight.
Well, this useless organisation that has done nothing for recruitment, retention, quality and morale wants to hike up their fees.
Pay 6 times more for a kicking! Anyone remember their cack-handed attempts at 'intelligent' monitoring?
So glad I have had nothing to do with it!
A new depth has been plumbed by the current administration.
A seat in the house of Lords for Mr Lansley?
Totally unbelievable, foxtrot/foxtrot/sierra.
I would like the politicians to work less hard. I would give them 11 months off in the year: that way we won't have to put up with their useless legislation, hare-brained ideas, and policies that serve their corporate masters.
Excellent blogpost, Samir. I wished I had written it when I was practising and blogging as the 'Jobbing Doctor'.
The responses are very revealing, and feel like a co-ordinated response from the DoH press office.
Is there any way that the individual people who were so aggrieved by a satirical article could be checked?
It is either initiated in Richmond House (Department of Health Offices).
I'm retired now, so I will use my real name (and not my nom-de-plume).
Phil, I retired. It's flipping wonderful.
As the Romans said "Modo Fac" which, translated means 'Just effing do it'
Dominic (aka Jobbing Doctor)
Revalidation was one of the reasons I retired early. Now, Mr Dickson might think that is unimportant, but I'll bet there were plenty of others like me.
It is pretty typical that he is not listening to the views of the profession.
There is not point in this process, as it is not screening, and has no value in either short-term or medium-term.
Why are they focussing on this? Is it due to pressure from pharmaceutical companies?
I'm afraid that 'Dame' Barbara Hakin has either little understanding of General Practice, or doesn't care.
I have no confidence in her abilities.
Oh Dear; NHS England don't really have a grasp on why there is a crisis, do they?
I retired at 60: none of this would have made me stay a day longer.