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  • Scientists could be fast-tracked into general practice, politician suggests

    LateralThink's comment 11 Sep 2015 12:07pm

    What a ridiculous, uninformed idea which simply perpetuates the myth that general practice is so easy that anyone can do it with minimal training.
    I will repeat what I have said many times before: General Practice is the hardest job in medicine to do well - and the easiest to do badly.

  • CCGs' duty to help prevent terrorism comes into force

    LateralThink's comment 02 Jul 2015 11:32am

    This all reminds me uncomfortably of 'Atlas Shrugged' by Ayn Rand, which (in the fifties) depicted a slightly futuristic dystopian US in which companies were there to do just about anything social instead of actually producing goods or services: in other words, they were there for anything other than their primary purpose. meanwhile, the real inventors, prime movers and leading lights have withdrawn from mainstream society.
    Life imitates art.

  • 'It is vital that urgent action is taken on this issue'

    LateralThink's comment 14 Jun 2015 9:22am

    The first rule of emergency first aid is - 'Make sure the area has been made safe before approaching the patient'. Otherwise you may be electrocuted, gassed, run over... and then there's one more victim to be dealt with, and one fewer helper. Protecting the staff is the first duty of those providing any health service: neglect it at your peril.
    Dr John Lockley,

  • Failed applicants allowed to reapply for GP training in bid to boost numbers

    LateralThink's comment 05 Jun 2015 8:04pm

    I have always said that being a GP is the hardest job in medicine to do well - and the easiest to do badly.

  • Practices losing more than £3 per patient to be eligible for funding support

    LateralThink's comment 14 Aug 2014 6:11pm

    When we voted for the new contract in 2004 it was upon the assurance that MPIG would remain in perpetuity. Reneging on this deal is unacceptable. It is also unacceptable that only the biggest losers are protected, leaving the rest of us in the mire.
    And if the truth were known, it is the Carr-Hill formula which is itself not fit for purpose - indeed, it never was, which is why we had to have the lash-up that was MPIG as some sort of compensatory measure in the first place. (If you remember, the original Carr-Hill formula delivered a lower gross income for 90% of practices when it was first introduced.)