I wouldn't stand for any of the above. It's not remotely constructive and yet again if we don't stand up for ourselves then we have only ourselves to blame. Fortunately all my appraisers have been pragmatic and sensible.
re Anonymous 9:28am: We'll all soon be working in single doctor communities....
All sounds very complicated. North of the Border we are all going to be working in "clusters" which is a brilliant idea, never thought of before & will clearly resolve all our problems. I have applied for funding for an orchestra to play "Abide with me" at each meeting.
Some of the work I do is paid for by the public purse therefore anything else I do should be for free especially if public safety is involved?! You want my professional opinion - you pay for it like any other professional would demand. I do enough pro bono work as it is.
Wish I was a fat cat, no CCG boards in Scotland & I don't remember any options being available in 2004. Minimal pay rise disappeared in increased expenses & superann years ago. I will F OFF in due course but will try & do it gracefully.
Sadly I don't think the government are remotely interested in retaining older experienced GPs otherwise they'd have done this already.
Several practices in Edinburgh have already handed back their contracts. I fear it is already too late......
The solution to the NHS crisis is in the article. Sadly no politician will have the guts to tell the public the unpalatable truth until it is too late
Dear Mr Glass,
I trust that in the "third sector" a sense of humour & understanding of irony & the lowest form of wit are not essential?
This is clearly a noble act by wee Nicola to save the poor dears from becoming cannon fodder for the armed forces.
I don't understand why no politician has admitted this. I suspect the public would respect a bit of honesty but the behaviour of politicians never fails to surprise/disappoint.
Have the courage (and/or balls) to say which profession you work in. Don't you read the papers or listen to the news at all?
I understand that every GP will soon be receiving a large stick from the GMC. This will be for us to beat ourselves with regularly & save everybody else the bother......
In the unlikely event that this money is given directly to practices, it works out at £1.18 per patient.....
I don't believe this! There is no way the RCGP would bother doing anything to make us feel better but I have some suspicions about "Canada".
Anonymous 10.15, couldn't agree more. I've been saying this since 2004 & it applies to both Labour & the Conservatives. The NHS will always be a bad news story so make working for it intolerable and then blame greedy GPs for the collapse as you waltz off to your lucrative directorship. It's all going to plan currently.
Anonymous at 8.46 - Sorting the wheat from the chaff is highly skilled & if done well is very cost-effective. Excluding the rare & unusual is the tricky bit. With responsibility should come adequate remuneration. No reason why most of a surgeon's work couldn't be done by a skilled technician. If you are a partner & those are your beliefs are you principled enough to resign & find a new role?
Janet Newport, I fear you have failed to grasp the point of this site. I believe it is possible you are not a GP or have I (heaven forbid!) made a mistake?
I find the remarks of anonymous 11.32am somewhat vitriolic & offensive - if I thought greed was good what on earth am I doing in this profession?. I don't remember being given many options as far as the 2004 contract went & can't afford to shop at Wiatrose [sic].
Anonymous @ 12.42 & 12.46 rather confirm my point.