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Margaret Jones

  • Adjusting to widowhood – and GP life back in the UK

    Margaret Jones's comment 21 Apr 2018 5:48pm

    So sorry for your loss - sending my best wishes to you and your family

  • Doc Martin could soon be a thing of the past

    Margaret Jones's comment 24 Feb 2018 10:41am

    As a semi retired GP I totally disagree that the job is the same at the end of your career as at the start
    Over the last 35 years GP land has seen many changes and the day job has changed markedly
    The best part is still the face to face consultations and the increased confidence that comes from disease pattern recognition and having seen most problems before
    The downside are all the telephone triage calls to try and ration the appointments and make sure that it is clinically safe
    The explosion in data that now needs to be read before filing into a patient record has become overwhelming and I still do not understand why we can’t have a repeat prescribing system like Australia where you issue the drug for up to three or six repeats and the patient gets it from the pharmacist with no more GP input
    The best part of being a GP is seeing a patient through an illness episode and I certainly hope that this continues as I still find it very rewarding as am sure we all do - I hope that never changes

  • Revalidation – why it is time for a rethink

    Margaret Jones's comment 10 Jan 2018 11:02pm

    The other aspect to this debate is all the appraisal time spent by GP appraisers to read their colleagues portfolio, hold the meeting and sign it off - this also takes GP appraisers away from clinical work although they are quite rightly reimbursed financially
    The reality is that most of us do some CME during study leave but many hours are taken from our home life to get the appraisal prepared and it doesn’t take us away from clinical time but it is an extra stressor for sure

  • Why is the model contract so important?

    Margaret Jones's comment 12 Jun 2015 4:57pm

    I totally agree with the above comment- all of the partners at my practice would be better off on the salaried contract and it is the fact that we own our building and want to keep the practice going for our patients and staff that keep us all hanging in there - the model contract is far too generous in the current economic climate and surely as a lifelong member of the BMA my position as a partner should also be considered - am happy to share our accounts with the BMA to back this up!

  • Practice publishes note to patients explaining why GPs are demoralised

    Margaret Jones's comment 04 Apr 2015 11:42am

    I am very surprised by the comment from a nottingham GP - we are struggling to cope with workload at my practice in Nottingham and are unable to find enough locum cover when partners are on holiday - leading to long waits for routine appointments and we triage all same day urgent requests which at least is safe clinically - so I do understand the reasons behind this action taken by the practice in London