Awful for the family of this child and the staff involved also.
Northern Ireland has a different mentality to rest of UK.
Politicians do not need policies on healthcare or education. Therefore you have one of the most expensive and least effective systems.
Politicians can be openly corrupt as long as they keep the other 'uns out. It's all bonfires, flags and languages. People are literally dying for this nonsense.
A doctor had tried to organise GPs a few years ago to take stand but they're bluff was called and they folded. Toothless.
The lowest average locum pay in the UK combined with the highest indemnity fees.
You'd be crazy to work as a GP there. I'm sure the politicians at Stormont will sort it out soon though.
There comes a point when something is crumbling - just toss it already.
Can we not embrace private practice? I welcome Babylon with open arms.
When we go private we can skim off the easy work from secondary care - Dermatology etc? £50/15 minute consult. £150 home visit. Charge the health insurance company.
Why must we have this socialist marxist mentality. It is OK to get reimbursed for a life of study and hard work.
First goes OOH then day time GP. At the moment it is sitting perfectly for US corporate to step in and "help".
To be honest I will happily work in private healthcare. I suspect there will be less home visits if they are £150 each.
I hope to retire, as soon as possible
Perhaps now is a good time to discuss the dangers we face on house calls before there is a fatality?
Can you think of another professional that is going into peoples houses often by themselves with no support?
Am I the only one that has concerns about pharmacists?
Surely they have conflict of interest in selling medicines that have no evidence? eg cough bottles etc. As a practice we are not allowed to do this. It would be unethical for me to sell a placebo for the cold.
Our practice nurse had to do training to treat minor illnesses - genuine question, do pharmacists do this training also?
I understand the days of pharmacists making up medications are largely gone but this doesn't mean they should have a go at something else.
I would be interested to know others opinions about this.
The worst is yet to come. NI had their chance to rebel and chose not to.
Now they are devoid of government and ideas. The domino effect will begin.
All hail our great leader!
This is a good idea. In Australia scripts have a little box than can be ticked if you do not want an alternative generic prescribed. It works well.
Most will opt for the generic as it is cheaper and they have to pay for their medication.
NI already has higher spend per patient compared to rest of UK yet the longest waiting lists and worst outcomes.
Lots of change needed but politically the place is a disaster.
hardly any surprise
This is embarrassing for Dr Black. Ultimately his bluff was called.
Having worked in NI for a while - I don't know how GP is still surviving. It must be being run on good will.
The BMA and Northern Ireland GPs have proven themselves toothless.
Thanks for the article - best of luck with it!
Ryanair pilots could teach us a thing or two.
Can we start a petition to bring back Hunt?
Interested to know what it's like to work there.
I enjoyed this article - thanks.
I also enjoyed the comments, just disappointed one of the more critical comments didn't start with "In my day....