You might as well just let people by antibiotics OTC.
By the time we gave our staff a 2% pay rise and when you take into account the loss of income from the GDPR debacle, the 4% global sum uplift has completely gone and that was the pot that the partner pay rise was supposed to be coming from. It’s complete bollocks.
I think this is a bit of a fudge. Very few local practices around here offer extended hours because the renumetation is derisory to say the least. I suspect though that our area will be included as offering routine OOH appts through a local federation hub but in truth these are only accessible via 111. We did offer routine Saturday morning clinics which were well liked and used by our patients but the funding was removed to provide these hubs, which in my view offer a substandard service compared to what we provided for our own patients.
Everyone uses the health service so how about everyone pays? A tax increase that covers everyone. If it’s only the top 5% that are paying it’s not going to help the FATPOA that already exists.
We already have this as part of a local enhanced service (primary care home funding). It's rapidly becoming evident that patients are using it as a way of back-dooring into appointments with any old rubbish and bypassing the triage system.
Investing 2.4 billion? SHOW ME THE MONEY!
When is the 2018/19 contract going to be announced? Aren’t we getting a bit close to April?
We’ve reduced our referral rate by 10% in the last year. The main change, other than hard work, is that we have not required any locums in this time. I’m not saying that all locums have a high referral rate but some definitely do. If we need to use any in the future I’ll be vetting all referrals.
What’s the actual GP take home rate?
Maybe should have followed through with the threat of mass handing back of contracts?
We’re getting increasingly desperate letters asking us if we want to offer a training placement for PAs. No chance!!!!!
I spent 15 minutes last week trying to convince a patient that generic co-codamol was exactly the same as his beloved trade version. It will probably save us about 3 quid a month. Still, I felt like I had achieved something, had helped the budget in some small way and helped with patient education. The same day I was told to prescribe liquid mebeverine for a patient by one of the local paediatricians. It’s going to cost us £8000 per year. 8 grand! Ever feel like our job title should be changed to Titanic Deck Chair Technician?
Regarding private work, if the cover for this is tres expensive then we just bump up our fees to cover? Or just decline. It's not in our contract!
What's the stick going to be?
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Andy Hardman GP PartnerDurham
Why have an exam at all eh?!! Jesus wept.
They tried this in North Durham and planned to role it out to the whole of Durham when the CCGs merge. However they analysed the results and the scheme reduced referrals by
Does anyone know the actual figure they are being paid?!