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Independents' Day


  • The nine-step plan to driving a GP mad

    Yossarian's comment 03 Aug 2020 5:52pm

    Nailed it!

  • Hancock suggests GPs can continue to do secondary care work after pandemic

    Yossarian's comment 03 Aug 2020 12:27pm

    Just stick a broom up my a**e and we’ll cancel the cleaners too

  • GPs should do 'all' consultations remotely going forward, says health secretary

    Yossarian's comment 30 Jul 2020 2:02pm

    Absolutely NOT what he said on a radio interview on LBC this morning which he ended with ‘ of course if a patient prefers to be seen face to face they will be’
    So punters will remain disappointed with this current service which has been decided as they way forward with NO patient input

  • Government wants new obesity indicators added to QOF by next year

    Yossarian's comment 29 Jul 2020 8:26pm

    This is a food supply issue not a medical issue to feed a family nutritious food simply cost more that cheap crap - simple as that . Bag of apples 2.50 packet of biscuits 50 p. You get more calories per pence eating processed rubbish and all the wt management classes in the world can’t change that- it requires government action.
    Slimming world have taken over all our wt management classes - I was once part of their cult - I would recommend highly the Russel Kane take on them

  • GPs to resume patient reviews and health checks immediately

    Yossarian's comment 11 Jul 2020 6:20am

    I'm afraid the dream of no more F2F and we can deal with everything on the phone is over folks - people seemed to think they could work this way forever but the punters just won't wear it - for good reason - it's not a great service lets be honest - far too much being done over the phone and left to OOH/A+E.
    Saw a friend yesterday who is a nurse at private GP practice - their membership has shot up with people fed up of medicine at a distance.
    It was needed to start for sure - but we cannot keep the doors closed forever - I'm a locum working in a number of different practices In most now I note the nurses are working f2f as normal - how does that square with the GP's not being able to see people?

  • More patients struggle to get through to GP practices by phone

    Yossarian's comment 09 Jul 2020 1:15pm

    Given that the service patients can access has completely changed since this survey was done the results are even more meaningless than usual

  • GPs should refer a quarter of all patients for weight management, suggests NICE

    Yossarian's comment 06 Jul 2020 1:23pm

    These kind of NICE proclamations have the air of ‘ DR informed’ about them - there we’ve warned you being overweight is bad for you - not our fault now.
    Didn’t they say everyone should have 3 rounds of IVF on the NHS - not personally aware of anywhere that happens- 1 here is you rick all the boxes of course

  • BAME health checks should start at 25, says Government primary care adviser

    Yossarian's comment 26 Jun 2020 1:09pm

    Of all the things to worry about during this pandemic- missed NHS health checks not bottom of my list but very close to it

  • GPs refute briefing claims that they are 'referring large numbers to A&E'

    Yossarian's comment 26 Jun 2020 12:22pm

    General practice seems to have unilaterally decided that it can work remotely from here on in with no patient consultation ( excuse the pun)
    Fine but are you then happy for your job to be outsourced to a call centre of cheaper doctors abroad ?
    Careful what you wish for

  • Face masks to become compulsory in GP practices

    Yossarian's comment 10 Jun 2020 8:47pm

    What - sitting in a room on my own on the phone - which is what 90% of my time is now spent - or when making coffee with reception team when 8 weeks ago when it was rampant all around us I wasn't wearing a mask - oh yes this makes a lot of sense

  • Nine in 10 GPs want to continue with remote consultations after coronavirus

    Yossarian's comment 10 Jun 2020 2:44pm

    God no - it's a soul-destroying business now just calling/enduring laggy video consults/phoning back again after pictures of rash actually sent/ trying to build rapport with none of the non-verbal
    cues we as - you know -human beings actually rely on. Thank god I still some patients in OOH.
    This whole thing is becoming a farce - the cure is worse than the disease - now they are saying schools not opening even in September - so wave goodbye to over 6 months of education..
    We need to some people in power to make some brave decisions here for example 1 metre rather than 2 metre - unless we think the rest of the world has some different response to the disease than us?
    Otherwise, the safety at all costs/plausible deniability brigade will have us locked down till doomsday - oops sorry all the jobs have gone? Ooops sorry, mental health illness through the roof?- Never mind at least no one can blame me for covid.

  • NHS England plans to launch Covid swab testing in primary care

    Yossarian's comment 09 Jun 2020 4:27pm

    I think this was obviously going to be heading primary care’s way. It seems like the drawbridges are well and truly up in most practices and nobody wants it to change- trouble is in out of hours I am seeing patients very unhappy with the current lack of access. Practices have be shedding workforce in terms of locums left right and centre- now hard to complain too busy to do covid work too ? Just my 2 pence worth- sure I will be ripped to shreds about it !

  • Locum GPs forced to claim benefits as work dries up

    Yossarian's comment 30 May 2020 9:16pm

    Locums operating as limited company can’t claim NHS pension- those operating as sole trader ( as I do and never through an agency) am entitled to claim .
    I don’t refuse to do a visit but I do charge extra for my time . I spent 20 years as a partner so am well versed with what you can/can’t expect locums to do .
    I don’t rely on luck I prefer to use good relationships with the practices I work with and good clinical practice- it seems to serve me well. And salaried doctors have the worst of all worlds so should rightly be pissed off - not an option I would ever take.
    I would strongly advise locuming if partnership is annoying you as much as it appears- I am horrified that I might have spent the last 10 years of my working life in a grinding partnership- I am actually enjoying my work again!

  • Locum GPs forced to claim benefits as work dries up

    Yossarian's comment 30 May 2020 4:36pm

    I have never gone through an agency. BTW it's illegal to not offer NHS pension ( if the locum chooses to claim to pension from that practice for that month so you might want to look at that - I suppose you get away with it by using an agency!

  • NHSE primary care lead acknowledges 'huge' increase to GP workload

    Yossarian's comment 29 May 2020 3:20pm

    'pulls up chair gets out popcorn'
    Absolutely nothing but nothing riles a GP more than being told they don't work hard enough.
    I should know - each one of my ex-partners was astonishingly THE hardest working GP in the UK as they frequently told me.

  • Government launches Covid-19 'test and trace' strategy across England

    Yossarian's comment 27 May 2020 7:33pm

    So will this be back to GPs being off if contact with Covid cases again as per late February corona craziness . Workforce dropping again I think

  • Can us GPs do more to help during this pandemic?

    Yossarian's comment 27 May 2020 7:02pm

    A lot of partners assuming that the writer has never experienced being a partner- many of us are locums who have left partnership because of the workload so understand very well!
    Is my 20 years working as a partner enough dedication or should I have continued until I developed some awful stress led illness.
    They last couple of weeks have really opened my eyes to how I am now some second class citizen in some GP’s eyes ( actually that existed before being a part time female partner!)

  • NHS 111 CCAS service ‘still needs clinicians’, says NHS England

    Yossarian's comment 23 May 2020 5:19pm

    It is 50 pounds an hour - and that is not counting the endless hours they are making people do for mandatory training even if your credentials are fully up to date with safeguarding etc. That's why I haven't applied to do it even though now working as a locum

  • Locum GPs forced to claim benefits as work dries up

    Yossarian's comment 23 May 2020 6:19am

    I started locuming after 20 years in partnership in January after realising it was going to make me seriously ill and was just not a do-able job anymore. Fortunately I have always still enjoyed the patient contact and with OOH as a new experience and working in several new practices I have enjoyed the change and wouldn’t go back for the world. I have had one set of sessions cancelled and another practice reduce my sessions but picked up others and am working as much as I want ( more sessions than I could face in my partnership) I believe this change probably saved me from complete burnout. Whilst I hate reading the comments from some of the partners on here I can remember how angry I was at my situation last year so think I can understand it

  • Can we swap the clap for the NHS for a dose of the old normal?

    Yossarian's comment 29 Apr 2020 7:13am

    It’s definitely getting awkward now particularly when my neighbours are out banging pots in my direction- I think we all don’t know how to stop it. I think I’ll do the fingers in ears this week