Touch, obviously. Jeez, I'm supposed to be a writer.
My sons have seen the effect that my work has had on me over the past ten years. They would not rich medicine with a barge pole.
Thank you for all the kind comments, they are much appreciated and very touching. I'm currently back in sinus rhythm and have handed in my first ever sick note. I should stress that Pulse didn't make me write while I was ill, the first the editor knew about it was when I sent him the finished article.
True and well-spotted. It is a re-write from about ten years ago. In my defence, I was ill and it's the first time in 500+ columns I have had to do this.
I applaud this brave stance. I wish my practice was doing the same, however I am in a minority (and, it has to be said, secretly a bit relieved that I won't be facing the potential legal shit storm).
However, he'll be lucky to keep his anonymity, given the information divulged in this article. I found his surgery first try with a Google search.
I have long been convinced that paracetamol tablets are just bits of chalk. Any benefit is probably placebo effect. Could NICE please suggest something equally useless we can prescribe instead?
We've taken an 18.5% cut in drawings this year after being static for 5 years. Consultation rates are up over that period, of course.
I don't, in general, make decisions (or offer 'decision support') without having seen the patient. Unfashionable, but there you are. 'Decision Support' sounds very much to me like being on the end of a phone in order to take responsibility for clinical situations that we don't have enough knowledge of to comment. I'm not keen, frankly.
The death of the GP blogger? How new GMC guidance on doctors writing anonymously has divided the profession
I've been reported to the GMC a couple of times because of what I've written in Pulse, both times the GMC started formal investigations and then decided there was no case to answer.
However the investigations themselves take up time, you have to get statements from your employers to say if they have any concerns about you. This caused some confusion at Hartlepool United.
Not much fun on the whole, but I still prefer to write under my real name.
This financial year my partners and I have taken an 18.5% percent cut in income, and it looks like we will be doing something similar in the next financial year. Workload is, of course, up.
Do you think this is going to make me 'care' more or seek to work harder? Do you have any understanding of basic human nature? If we're not appreciated or valued as a profession, then you'll see the results in the service.
I don't mind at all, thank you for the nice comments