It looks like the top brass has sold their common sense. All this talk of paramedics, physician associates and importing GPs from India, Romania, Bulgaria and maybe Timbuktu and failing the home trained GP trainees in a very subjective exam. You reap what you sow.
Dear Marie-Louise Irvine please don't confuse the roles of a trade union with a public body. The primary role of BMA should be looking after the interests of its members and protecting the public and worrying about NHS should be the secondary roles. Hence the need to redefine priorities.
Jackie Appleby, Doctors and GPs have been waiting for the BMW to lead the way and come up with some genuine solutions. All they ever get is more talk and no walk.
Frankly, I am under no delusions that NHS could be salvaged. BMA should stop burying it's head in the sand and try to guide the doctors esp the junior ones so that they could have the best possible chance in this critical phase of their careers. I am not holding my breath for any significant change though.
There are so many things wrong with this rant that I don't even know where to start. Sorry but I won't call it an article. It's poorly written, irrational and presents personal opinions without any tangible evidence.
How do you define professionalism and what makes striking for your rights unprofessional? We were not enlightened!
There's an issue of trust between the BMA and the DOH. Understatement of the year and btw we are talking about Drs and Junior Drs here, not just the BMA.
The issues with discharge summaries have variable and wide ranging factors. It's over simplistic, derogatory and inflammatory to blame it on junior Drs attitude. There was no need for it.
Its junior Drs who gave to deal with their new contract and conditions not us. It's unjust for us to judge them with our tainted glasses.
The argument that the good or bad old days should be a benchmark for professionalism or best behaviour is illogical. It's the same as saying that the child abuse or domestic abuse should be allowed as it used to happen in the good old days.
Frankly, I am appalled that the Pulse can publish such a poor piece of writing. I can also write a similar disjointed piece in Govts favour. Would you publish it?
Dear sir,you should have been allowed to keep your inglorious opinions into the deepest and darkest confines of your brain rather than tormenting so many of your colleagues.
This highlights that the problem is much bigger than what it has been perceived so far. I have 3 observations:
1) The Doctors committing suicide are likely just the tip of the iceburg. There are much more cases of mental ill health who need to be
diagnosed early so that these suicides could be prevented.
2) By definition, most suicides should be preventable. Who has thus responsibility? Doctor under FTP, their GP, BMA, GMC or all of them?
3) Once a Dr undergoing GMC investigation is identified as mentally unwell, are they fit to continue attending the FTP proceedings? Should they be urgently referred to the Mental health team? Should the GMC have in house OH/ Psychological support for them?
In any case, GMC needs to do much more to avoid such disasters in the future.
@0:15. This isn't a case of a GP refusing. It's the LMC's decision with valid and sound rationale. We have to prioritise our services with the ever dwindling resources.
Dear Una Coales, thanks for providing those emails in this forum and for standing up to defend vulnerable trainees.
Can someone help me understand how can a charity be able to achieve the right to decide the eligibility for practising as a GP? Why was MRCGP made mandatory to practice as a GP and why is the CCT not sufficient enough for this purpose. I could understand if it was GMC making this decision.
Sadly our political leaders are suffering from tunnel vision. They are either unable or unwilling to look at the bigger picture. The recruitment of Non-EU Drs will have to be looked at in the context of the whole immigration policy that has actively discouraged theses Drs from staying in the UK. In my opinion, we are seeing the results of immigration policies that were started in 2005 and has gradually worsened. Factors such as CSA, ludicrous visa fees, necessity to support health care costs of one's parents are other but important elements that are influencing Drs decision to leave the UK. Just recruiting overseas Drs without addressing the whole immigration policy isn't going to produce long term results.
Thanks for your great writings Dr Peverley. The time has come to put your family and yourself first. I wish you a speedy recovery and all the best for the future.
@ Peter Howe. I do detect a lot of bitterness in your comment Sir. We all know who Una Coales is. Would you mind introducing yourself?
Please do check your facts before posting them here.