A GP of 28 years
I admire your determination and dedication. So very well done.
However if the NHS is serious about attracting returning GPs this must change. Enforcing them to pass MCQs and then carry out a long unpaid supervision intended for GPs initially training is farcical and completely disrespectful to your years of experience.
The fact that you say you only just passed the practical proves the testing procedure itself is bullshit and not fit for purpose.
A 2-4 week intensive refresher course would be plenty.
It is hard to believe we are so desperately short of GPs.
Of the 195 countries in the world only 28 are in the EU.
The UK will finally be able to trade fairly and employ workers from anywhere in the world without interference for the first time in decades
Have you heard the story of the 'Little Boy That Cried Wolf'. After he kept sounding the alarm unnecessarily he eventually got ignored.
So it is with the Sepsis alerts - very frequent false alarms are useless and irritating.
Well it is going to reduce the costs but it is clearly going to have string attached:
50% appointment booked online
Plus the other pointless flavour of the year popular political ideas that have absolutely nothing to do with providing good General Practice Medical Care.
It has become accepted that it is very expensive for patients to be seen within secondary care. To solve this it would make sense to ask why this is so and seek to make changes within secondary care. However the issue is always thought to be due to the behaviour of primary care.
General Practice used to be the most cost effective part of the NHS. For the past 10 years it has been starved of funds and is now rapidly collapsing.
If GPs are forced to take part in these Peer Review meetings they will be adopting one of the expensive behaviours of secondary care that makes it so costly.
It is exactly because GPs spend most of their working time consulting patients instead of attending peer review discussions and multi-disciplinary team meetings that General Practice is so cost effective.
The easier you make it for patient's to access the GP the more work you are going to have to do.
Which is why email consultations, Skype consultations and Internet booking systems are also NOT a good idea.
Many small practices especially in City Centres are now closing.
There are 2 reasons for this 1) No new GPs to replace those retiring, 2) No longer financially viable.
The partnership model is definitely NOT working in these areas.
So from the patient's point of view the poor, less privileged patients are now very badly served by this model.
I could if they had to provide those flights at no cost!
This plan completely misunderstands the skill of being a GP.
Referring patients to hospital is the really easy part of the job - in fact I would say anyone could do it. It is the 'not' referring that is the clever skillful part of the job.
if Pharmacists are allowed to refer Secondary care will soon be completely overwhelmed.