The CSA is an internationally recognised to be an excellent exam. Largely because of ill-informed criticism it has been subject to granular analysis and is always found to be beyond all expectations.
Commentators on this website (and some of the journalists I am afraid) endlessly choose to fail to look at the emerging complex evidence on differential attainment.
And if you don't like this then come back at me and explain the AKT.
A very sad case but for me the most chilling aspect is the non speak bureaucratic semi disowning ".....they felt the customer service provided to the GP was inappropriate."
"Customer service"- to what depths have we descended?
CCGs replaced PCTs in 2013. I suppose lasting six years is about standard for the craziness of NHS continual reorganisation.
Remember this all you headless chickens running around excited about PCNs.
Here is the report:
I don't understand why Pulse doesn't give the link. Anyway it is clear that these are figures plucked out of the air or as they put it "lowest level of confidence".
Any fraud is unacceptable and culprits should be struck off but this looks like normal service routine GP bashing.
GPs need to re-evaluate their relationships with their local Boots. There are usually lots of other local alternatives......
Tanks on lawns.
We have been employing directly an experienced Clinical Pharmacist and he is a very valuable asset. He saves us work and has hugely contributed to prescribing safety. However an inexperienced one would be worse than useless.
And don't let them see patients whatever you do - they take hours to do something we could do in 5 minutes. A bit like Nurse Practitioners.
The job in its essentials is fantastic but I think talking it up does young doctors a disservice. General Practice needs to return to its unbound state. At the moment a complex and stimulating job has been made next to nigh impossible by underfunding and interfering over regulation.
So Professor Marshall if you can do something about that- maybe focusing on over regulation to start with -then I will join you shouting from the rooftops.
Children's mental health services are a national disgrace. Well done Coroner for highlighting a particularly egregious aspect. GPs simply do not have the time to fill out forms which are designed to enable a hard pressed service to turn people away.
Its almost got to the point where it's easier to recruit a partner than get a distressed teenager helped.
And silently and unnoticed there is increasing reliance on and expectation of use of the voluntary sector for adult mental health.
CCGs are morphing into Regional Health Authorities- a fact that should surprise no-one.
All ways of running the NHS apart from privatisation have already been tried yet the merry go round continues to spin.
Yes- there will come a point when waiting times become career threatening to politicians. We haven't reached it yet. Although your story made a big media splash there has been little follow through and the whole news cycle will continue to be consumed by Brexit and the fall out from Brexit for the forseeable future.
Family physicians for HMOs is directly where we are heading.
Interesting to see at what point this becomes genuinely politically unacceptable. ? 4 weeks??
Medicine is an art not a science. Algorithms are never going to be as safe as eyeballs. Nothing more needs to be said.
Actually the overall failure rate after four (sometimes five) attempts is vanishingly small.
Quod volimus credimus libenter. Couldn't have put it better myself!
Actually the "demographic" differences are very hard to fathom and are subject to much ongoing research if any of the commentators with there pre-set blinkered views could be bothered to look. There are a whole herd of elephants in this room.
The CSA is internatonally recognised as a very high quality exam. Statements like it assessing "complex statistical questions" reveal unfathomable ignorance. "complex statistical questions" are addressed in the AKT which of course nobody ever wants to talk about.
Trust not regulation - try joining the modern world.
The CQC have so much to answer for.
And Boris Johnson wonders how to sort out the three week wait to see a GP. Eventually the penny must drop that if you make the job impossible no one will do it ! It is so achingly screamingly obvious.