By and large independent GPs are better and are financially better off justifiably as self employeds, in the interest of the patients - as long as the patients would not have to pay for consultation with GP either in surgery or for visits. If that changes, then employed GP would be the most popular choice, independent GP s would be able to choose private practice in true form. I would not think it would be right to let anyone in GP to have the best of both worlds - the security of salaried service and also guaranteed practice in surgery plus charging patients like private practice, which would deter many to seek medical help without fear of costs.
I am surprised to hear that the GP's gave up out of hours work. I thought it were the administrators who did not have the foggiest idea what cheap service was provided by the GPs by out of hour service - who rocked the boat by bringing a new contract. It was enormously beneficial to the GP s and the administrators mistakenly thought they had achieved victory. It was fools paradise.
From my personal experience, I do not believe the "GMC launches internal review" is true. The GMC would hush up the truths. There is no reason not to investigate the GMC as per " e petitions direct.gov.uk/petitions/54034. I urge all to please sign.
The GMC had done a lot of unlawful acts, deceptions, fraudulent acts and the evidences are in the transcripts of the proceedings. Normally, a decent organisation would be willing to reinvestigate that. But the GMC would not. The reason many doctors committed suicide under the GMC investigations - is because they knew they will never be able to come out unscathed - once the GMC took on case against them - however flimsy the ground may be. A doctor may be reported to the GMC for demanding for remuneration for extra work, or for contractual reasons from his employer who may then report to the GMC making false allegation. In my case, the GMC actively pursued a false complaint in spite of knowing that there was supportive evidence in the case notes. So, it denied me those notes by stating lies that those could not be found. This is only a tip of the ice berg of the GMC's deceptive acts.
Similar experiences had been reported by other doctors in the D4J web site.
I agree with Dr.Surapaneni's observation that the victims are mostly of foreign origin ethnic minority doctors.
See my letter