It's not much of a boost to the income of a GP business trying to recover from Covid either : reduced income, increased PPE and staff costs, less work done, more to catch up with later, and not a hope of regaining the lost QOF, IOS, and DES incomes.......
To Dr Jha "why not employ locums?" - because there are plenty of retired GPs returning, and being elderly, they will convenently die off so we wont have to pay their pension (and to the practice they are cheaper because they are not paying pension contributions.
To Dr Hulme, I do not change high fees. I do manage the lean times by putting something aside when busy, I am very familiar with the local area, patients, hospitals, and GP computer systems, sometimes better than some partners.....I do not charge extortionate agency fees, indeed have tried to be equivalent to a salaried GP in cost to Practices, but fund all the extras and uncertainties myself !
@ Robert Keofman and many like him :
Then please join the campaign too! and encourage all Partners in like situation to also join with the locums in correcting NHSPS' fraudulent and misleading misinterpretation of the rules over something we have been paying for our whole careers.
It is NOT just locums, the others affected need to support this campaign and all stand together!
eh, - but the Government plan is Genocide by Covid of the 'undesireables' as it sees them, who consume NHS resources, the elderly, BAME, disabled and chronically sick.
Not that I agree with the strategy nor voted for them of course. They do not appear to care about lives, like GPs do. Nor do they care about GPs lives.....
Only 1 star this week, Tony must have Covid-induced brain fog.
NHS has been telling us to send more patient to A&E - they even have half-page adverts in the local newspaper telling patient sto go there because staff are bored with nothing to do!
I can't understand what the problem is :- if your consultant blocked a reasonable referal without good reason, report them to the GMC!
large numbers of 'flu-eligible' people will not be having one this year - because they are DEAD.
Does nobody remember the Salt shortage of the 1970's - it was not real, just a supplier staretd a rumour to put the price up and sell quick!
Why bother? Vulnerable people are not all shielding, and kids are back in school. R number is about 7 on Anglesey; will be higher if any of their kids are at school on the mainland; and government thinks it is better if lots of people die sonner, rather than protect our population and thence the economy.
And I do not believe him.
The Hair looks demented now anyway, and demantia does affect beliefs and cognitive abilities....
What point is there in protecting them at work when the nation is being advicsed to spread the virus like mad at school, tourist areas, shops, etc? They will catch it soon enough in the community, and die, as required by the Government plan to reduce the number of them.
Clearly Government is fed up with these people not dying as expected, and wishes to increasee thier exposure to the risk to get rid of them quicker!
Is this not High Treason?
the Government no longer wants to slow down spread, it wants to increase the rate of elderly deaths so that we can reaper the benefits of a reduced demand on NHS and Pensions funds.......hence target those who do not need it first.
@Decorum Est :
you should consider changing your baker!
I like other cakes too, but a well-made VS is yummy!
You can even put maltesers in it!
Why can't you just stick the referrals in the post?
Or dig out the old fax machine?
Or email them to the trust Medical Director, who is bound by GMC to deal with them?
We are being told the hospitals are underutilised and patients should turn up at AE of GP for referral, so perhpas send them to AE??
Preparing for 'After-Covid', so. that's 2022 or 2023 then?
don;t need to prepare now.
The shift pattern is one known to cause physiological and mental deterioration : well-studied published stats regarding air-crew and medicla staff!
It is uneccessary abuse, and increases risks, compared to doing 1 week nights periodically with rest-days either side.
How do I get my free beer?
The pub is still closed!
ABA has known about the difference betwen antigen and antibody tests for years, compare HepB and C loading.
BMA may be shouting about something pointless here!
They should concentrate on fraudulent rental and service charges, provision of PPE to GPs, and bringing about ahcange from 'herd immunity strategy' to 'save lives and crush covid' strategy!
Have you heard of the Fair Rent Tribunals?
A £1,500 charge for 'minor works' not done is FRAUD : please send that one to the POLICE, and get your local Health Board to investigate it as a Fraud!
They don't need regulations for General Practice - we are all trained in Infection Control, and are independent contractors.
Face-masks for patients are Mandatory in the practices I work in.
It's up to the Practice!