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Retired. Done. Dusted. Too bloody dangerous to practice medicine safely now. You hear that GMC?

  • I'm having to start my medical career early - and I need Government support

    Cobblers's comment 07 Apr 2020 11:34am

    May I second that. You are cannon fodder, untermensch in their eyes and they will feed you to the meat grinder without a thought.

    Look after number one, yourself and, by dint of that, your family.

    Welcome to the medical world. :-) It can be the most wonderful job but the NHS truly does not care.

  • NHS England urgently calls on GPs to offer spare time to Covid-19 triage service

    Cobblers's comment 06 Apr 2020 3:59pm

    Even in those days when I was a GP Principal, spare Time was gold dust to be used for me time and family time. Never ever for extra work.

    In these current overloaded times when NHSE is banning even Bank holidays they want, nay demand, even more of your time.

    Foxtrot Oscar sunshine. In fact I would go so far as to suggest that GPs ignore the dictat on Bank Holidays. Your family time is precious and it won't come again unless you are lucky grandparents.

    As for pandemics hang around there's another one coming, and another one and guess what? Another one.

  • PPE: How to 3D print your own protective equipment

    Cobblers's comment 02 Apr 2020 7:15pm

    GlassesHalfEmpty 12:17pm

    Yes it would be nice to run the tests on this mask but given the shit that is being promulgated by PHE on masks and also given that the all too frequent option is nothing or a useless surgical mask it might pay to look at the specs of this mask. Solid shell respirator breathing through a replaceable HEPA filter.

    Given that HEPA H14: pass up 0.005% of 0.1 micron particles per liter of air.


    HEPA H13: pass up 0.05% of 0.1 micron particles per liter of air.

    And Covid is est 0.1 micron size then it might prove better than nothing or surgical masks?

    Just my pennyworth.

  • Who has the right to decide who lives or dies?

    Cobblers's comment 01 Apr 2020 7:01pm

    Couldn't agree more. The UK runs a half arsed Health Service and has been caught with its pants down. Eyes on the only ball in town aka Covid-19 but dropping all the other balls which would have been bread and butter had this minor plague not been.

    Make no mistake that Covid-19 kills and not just due to the bug. The sepsis, infarcts, cancer deaths will go down as what they are and not as indirect Covid-19 deaths.

    I don't now the answer but we need a grown up discussion about our so called NHS. And soon.

    And we missed a bullet too. Low flu season. Thank you God.

  • GPs trying to access NHS England’s ‘emergency’ PPE told to buy their own

    Cobblers's comment 01 Apr 2020 6:49pm

    Why is this a problem? No proper PPE equals no F2F surely?

    Pass any and all F2F to hospital.

  • GMC to ‘limit impact’ of FTP procedures while NHS England ‘pauses’ complaints

    Cobblers's comment 01 Apr 2020 6:45pm

    The cavalry isn't coming 6:40pm.

    Getting the clap at 8pm was pretty normal when I was in hospital medicine.


  • GPs expected to 'proactively' monitor Covid-19 patients triaged by NHS 111

    Cobblers's comment 31 Mar 2020 7:26pm

    Anyone tried using NHS 111? It is truly awful. Waiting, waiting, waiting.

    Not any useful kind of service at all.

  • GPs to open on bank holidays to 'align with rest of NHS'

    Cobblers's comment 31 Mar 2020 7:22pm

    Just seen a youtube video where a South Korean infective diseases expert is asked what help his doctors needed. He said "Rest".

    Adding four days work to the GPs already hectic schedule strikes me as harsh. GPs are not part of the NHS and there is already a (failing) OOH service to take over for those times.

    So are you going to comply GPs? Is resistance futile? Do you feel for your masters as they heap more work on your shoulders? Or is this the straw that broke the camel's back?

    What they going to do remove your contract? Seriously would you not invite the twats to do just that?

  • CQC to monitor GP practices through a 'remote' system during pandemic

    Cobblers's comment 25 Mar 2020 9:55pm

    Cor don't these See You Next Tuesday's at the CQC give you a nice warm comfy feeling of support.

    Utter unmitigated Onanists. Expunge the CQC!

  • GPs and hospital doctors 'will die' without proper PPE, BMA warns

    Cobblers's comment 25 Mar 2020 9:52pm

    Why now Dr Nagpaul 3 weeks or more too late? Where has the BMA been?

    Or is this more politically driven as you can all too clearly see the writing on the wall and you would wish to point out after the carnage that you did your bit in warning the government?

    Jeez I am so glad I've saved my BMA subs these last 30 years.

  • Hundreds of GPs volunteer to help NHS 111 in their spare time

    Cobblers's comment 25 Mar 2020 9:46pm

    The link sends you to

    WEbpage not optimised for Firefox.

    Who are these 'Credentially' jokers?

  • We at the GMC understand the burden you are shouldering

    Cobblers's comment 25 Mar 2020 12:31pm

    I have four words to say to you madam.

    Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba.

    And you haven't changed since you persecuted that poor woman.

    If there is anything, anything, that would stop me re-entering the fray it is the fact that the GMC has my back.

  • PPE problems 'completely resolved' for hospitals 'and other care workers'

    Cobblers's comment 23 Mar 2020 11:07am

    67 year old French ER doctor died Saturday.

  • GPs asked to review 1.5 million patients most at risk from coronavirus

    Cobblers's comment 23 Mar 2020 10:56am

    Come on you lazy GP bastards! Get off your collective jacksies, put that drink down in the nineteenth hole and do some work!

    Tongue Very Much In Cheek.

    NHSE has done a report listing patients. Good, NHSE can send out letters then. Admin work. GPs are at the fornt dealing with (in some cases) dying patients. Let them get on with it.

  • Government formally launches 'NHS needs you' campaign for retired GPs

    Cobblers's comment 21 Mar 2020 5:46pm

    Interesting. No email received here. I am told that those of the awkward squad who told the GMC to shove it, whilst not paying the subs have not been invited as they left for administrative reasons and not in good standing.

    Those doctors who paid the leaving fee, filled in the forms and got some worthy to sign to say they had nothing outstanding in the way of complaints left in "Good Standing". These doctors are being invited.

    It matters not that over two years for me have gone by with no hint of scandal which should put put me in good standing. However I didn't pay the leaving fee - Bounder!

    So it's the cardies over the top into the chattering machine gun of the Covid-19. Once this fodder has been chewed up they might invite me!


    Don't laugh, I might, still, consider it. But I would need a Covid-19 IgG, PROPER PPE, and my standard locum Ts&Cs and payments. There would be no negotiation here, I don't need the money, hassle or risk.

    Altruism for the sheople? No. NHS? Don't joke!

  • Forty years of rheumatology practice: ‘We used to refer people to the springs in Buxton’

    Cobblers's comment 17 Mar 2020 11:51am

    "Buxton Hospital treated RA's with the healing spring waters"

    This is still an option not at Buxton Hospital but down the soda aisle in Tescos.

    TFIC (wife has RA on biologic)

  • As a GP who's overcome coronavirus, here's what I want you to know

    Cobblers's comment 17 Mar 2020 11:44am

    I am pleased that you've been through this ordeal unscathed Clare. However it may have been a "Cabin cough' or standard URTI until you are tested.

    I'm in a similar position having got some lurgey off my granddaughter (bless) two weeks ago and the NHS has no interest in testing an old codger even a medical one who might be useful with CoVid-19 IgG.

    Just saying.

  • NHS England to distribute free coronavirus protective equipment to GP practices

    Cobblers's comment 05 Mar 2020 7:28pm

    The actual audacity of not providing valid PPE to front line primary care has now been vaguely resolved but far, far, too late. Operation Stable Door is right. This Covid-19 is out there in numbers, containment is not now possible. And remember the incubation period varies but around 5-7 days is average so we are probably a week behind the curve.

    And as anonymous says, FFP2/3 is just placebo protection.

    Hang onto your hats this might get a bit rough. When bog roll overbuying public meets Covid-19 it could break the NHS.

  • Should retired GPs return to work in the coronavirus crisis?

    Cobblers's comment 04 Mar 2020 12:15pm

    Oh and NEVER rely on NHS Indemnity to cover you. Always have a separate policy with a MDO who have (mostly) your interests at heart.

    NHSE Indemnity will feed you to the wolves if it suits them

  • Should retired GPs return to work in the coronavirus crisis?

    Cobblers's comment 04 Mar 2020 12:12pm

    I'm firmly behind Dr Jessup on this one. Best survival tactic here is reduce mixing with the herd, not increasing it.

    Dr Moulds' approach is more altruistic but much riskier and the kicker is, which made me laugh, he doesn't want paying!

    Ultimate cardie but I suppose it'll keep him warm when he is shivering and shaking with Coronavirus thinking how indispensable he was.