150 minutes per DAY? Seriously who has a spare two and a half hours each day to spare? Why such an increase as the last recommendation I saw was 150 minutes per week.
I await the onslaught. Haven't noticed any asking for this yet.
There has been research regarding delayed prescriptions. Was spoken about in the antibiotic stewardship PBSGL module. Can't remember exact numbers but a reasonable number were never used.
I think the fact that the press are picking up on this is positive and I think does highlight that the light in which JH is trying to paint consultants (and GP) is not the case and grossly unfair.
We have self referral in Edinburgh and I have yet to be told of an inappropriate referral to physio. I gather that patients have to phone a triage line which filters out silly referrals which actually sounds like a good idea for some of my patients too. Really don't see why a GP who most likely knows less than a physio regarding MSK has to see a patient first in order to tell them to see a physio (this is an assumption that my MSK knowledge is less than physios)
I am struggling to see how this would benefit patients. I would hope that any patient would understand that their GP earns more than average (although I struggle getting. Y head around how much tax and other expenses come off gross income hence using an accountant like most other GP's). I wouldn't expect my beauty therapist to publish their earnings for my perusal so I really cannot see how my GP should be expected to do so. If anything I can only see other GP's using this to cut down wages of other salaried GP's in the practice.
I agree about taking a day off. After your reg year where there may not have been an option to work anything other than full time it can take time to adjust to being out of training and finding that elusive work life balance. I suspect that those who love their job as GP's need to do this in order to prevent burnout and starting to say things like emigrate or run.
I would welcome 15 minute appointments. I actually think that if patients can spend longer with their GP and not feel as rushed then they may need fewer further appointments, a GP can be more confident about the issues and may not feel the need for as much follow up or have time to do that blood test instead of getting them to go to the nurse.
I still think there is a place for 10 minute appointments such as for pill checks and exactly how it should be decided which is most appropriate for each patient is up for discussion, but I would give it a go and have an open mind.