it will probably match the best prepared country in the world for an epidemic and world beating test and trace app on his political epitaph.
An interesting debate. I was a partner for 30 years and we endeavoured not to use locums mainly because of the lack of continuity and admittedly some very poor experiences.Having retired five years ago I found myself re registering and providing locum cover, filling the gaps left by COVID organised by the local LMC.
There will always be a need for locums, and they need to be fairly sure of an income stream in order to survive; in my view, the main problem has been the poisoning of general practice as a career by successive government policies which have made the job so unattractive.
The blossoming autonomy currently seen is something which must be retained. I have enjoyed practicing without the need to hit targets at every consultation. It has allowed me to put the patent back at the centre.
Let us not be harsh to each other but rather seek to support each other in our various roles: the fact is that we are mutually dependent
I am becoming increasingly puzzled as to why COVID is prioritised: Patients are truly suffering from other problems which also need to be addressed. Perhaps they are not as politically important. The lie that the NHS has not been overwhelmed needs to be laid bare. If all patients are channelled to hot hubs ordinary care should not be impacted.
Can anyone believe what NICE says. It's focus is only on cost and nothing to do with clinical excellence.
It is obvious that NHSE do not know what they are doing. (Nothing new there!!) They are quite happy for patients to go around in circles seeing no-one and achieving nothing except suffering in silence.
The BMA and Royal Colleges must now openly rebel against NHSE. CQC will have a field day fining hospitals and practices for non performance of duties, something neither can do because of NHSE's inane and irresponsible approach.
Because they failed to isolate COVID patients from other patients (by zoning specific sites as COVID ony care) they have facilitated the complete overwhelming of the NHS. The mistakes lay completely at their door but they are trying to justify their errors and compounding them with these new ridiculous directions.
NHSE saying something useful. There is a first time for everything.
Is anyone surprised that it is so shambolic? Run by NHSE and Capita, both of which have form for being absolutely useless.
Of greater importance is that some form of second wave of COVID is inevitable. so jump through the hoops in time to be deployed when you are again needed at some time this year.
I got my registration back on 27 March and commenced working on 30 March on the understanding from information from the BMA that I would be covered by the new indemnity scheme. I Sent off my returner form o 1 April (most appropriate) and received a secondary form 11 April to declare I was not under any investigations, which was duly returned. Follow u enquiries lead me to be believe that subsequent registration on the performers list was to be applied locally, and then , no , centrally , and then no , locally ....
This more evidence, if any were needed, that NHSE and its subsidiary organisations are simply not fit for purpose, having been a brake on the development of innovation and flexibility within the NHS.
I hope when this is all over that our representative organisations publicise the failures of our quangocracies and push for a clinician led NHS.
NEWS scores do not trump clinical impression. One of the reasons patients deteriorate is not because f failure to use these scores it is the 2 hours or more that paramedics take assessing and scoring patients rather than getting them to hospital pronto.
Are we surprised that NHSEngland are running around like headless chickens?
There is a lot of hysteria here. The risk for thos with asthma needs to be stratified. If control is good on moderae doses of medication there is probably little or no excess risk (see url)However it make sense that those with severe or uncontrolled disease are self isolated for the 12 weeks. This URL give clear and simple advice from the World Allergy Organisation
Well done and many happy years of marriage.
Perhaps this crisis will force and overhaul of the obstructive NHS/GMC/CQC bureaucracy in all their guises. A time for hope.
The recent literature suggests that people who are infected start shedding virus in the second 24 hours after exposure, long before any symptoms manifest themselves, which suggest the opportunity to spread the disease to scores of patients even before symptoms appear.
"We had a major conference in Birmingham for clinical directors where there was huge enthusiasm." means precisely nothing. These people do not represent GPs
why not draft in all those health care professionals whose current job is to make the lives of doctors who practice medicine miserable. Such as those in the CQC, NHSEngland and various other quangos.
Or is that simply a step too far?
The ease with which the lies fly off the tongue "The UK is a world leader in preparing for and managing disease outbreaks....."
Of course successive governments are to blame for the progressive decline to our NHS, but a time of crisis is not the time to do this.
I am five years retired but would be happy to come back and assist as long as it is not overly bureaucratic or involves too much training ( refresher on computer systems would be a must) and I suspect there are many like me. Time is short and decisions need to be made quickly.
Any risks to patent care would be nothing compared to the way in which the NHS has been destabilised leading to increased mortality and waiting lists.
Leonard is a GP in Dulwich, South London.
She has written for national newspapers and magazines, including Hello!, The Sun, the Daily Mail and the Daily Express since 1986. She has been the resident GP for BBC Breakfast News since 1998.
She was a member of the Committee on Safety of Medicines and a Non-executive Director of the Health Protection Agency.
She was awarded an MBE for services to healthcare in the New Year's Honours List 2004.
Says it all really just
another media doc
NHSEngland in denial ....as usual!!
Great: more fuel for the doctor bashing GP press. Another way of incentivising doctors: shame them for what they do. How about the salaries of those wastrels in NHSEngland, NICE and other failing public bodies?
Believe it when I see it!! NHS England are a bunch of clowns with little or no purpose, no obvious ability following political diktat in the search for favour at the tax payers expense.