Still Hanging In There
Yep - CQC...
This has always been the case and is not new for the Scottish contract. Salaried GP’s have always been disenfranchised - to the detriment of the profession.
Which is one of the reasons I am a locum.
Recruitment is worsening and is going to get worse....
Yes - especially as NHSE seem to think that general practice has almost received all of its promised extra cash due by 2020!!!
Trouble is, precious little reaches gp practices, it is swallowed up by “primary care”. More creative accountancy from the government.
Wow I am shocked at the speed of the response by the SoS! The cynic in me cries out that this is only to protect his reputation as the champion of safety. Why no response sooner?
Relieved to see that the Justice Secretary will be involved as this is all about the application of the law.
But unless the report recommends either:
1) prosecuting the hospital trust where mistakes are made due to inadequate cover, or
2) if an individual is prosecuted, mitigating circumstances can be taken into account,
there will be no more protection for individuals.
Agree it is too late.
Even if her reflections weren’t technically relied on in court, it is very clear that there is the potential for using reflective writings in this way.
There is no legal protection to prevent this - and I bet that in future, prosecuting legal teams will try to force the disclosure of such information to use as evidence.
I for one am not going to damn myself.
What a tragedy all round.
That Dr Bawa-Garba was singled out for criminal prosecution under the circumstances is outrageous. And her trial refused to consider mitigating circumstances- so it is tough if you are too busy!! And she was covering for colleagues too!
I have read that she has been refused the right to appeal her conviction. Does anyone know on what grounds?
No-one is listening. No-one.
Until there are large scale practice closures nothing will change.
I am 44 - and I want a work life balance too!
To suggest that the problem with workforce numbers is because of women wanting part time work is naive and distracts from having a constructive discussion about the real issues. Maybe it is because how demanding and unrewarding the job has become? The proportion of women at medical school has been 50% for years now.
This is NOT a gender issue.
I am confused.
Some ccg’s have already advised gp’s to stop prescribing certain meds that are available otc including antihistamines for hayfever?!
Meanwhile I am drowning under a growing sea of vitamin D prescriptions!
GP’s only have an obligation to look after the NHS patients in an area only while they have a contract with the NHS!
Mr Hunt a) knows that most GP’s cannot afford to go private because most patients would not be willing or able to pay privately and certainly not for the range of services that NHS general practice provides and b) most GP’s do feel obligated to their patient population and will hang on to the bitter end.
Hence his smug smile.
He is stretching goodwill to the limit!
And JH said:
“The proportion of NHS funding going into general practice fell in the first two years of my governance – it had been falling since 2005 – but since then it has increased from 8% to just under 10%, which is the highest proportion for a decade. And as we get to 2020/21, it is getting towards the highest ever proportion”
If you repeat a lie often enough...
So - the biggest non announcement of the year. And that was essentially the only glimmer of hope in his speech to conference.
He has nothing to offer general practice or the wider NHS.
“The truth is that if general practice fails, the NHS fails. It’s as simple as that.” You said it!
Agree with all of the above comments.
I don’t think it is any coincidence that this comes off the back of JH’s speech at conference suggesting that GP’s can and should sort out their own problems - now the NHSE stooges are being wheeled out to reinforce the rhetoric that we aren’t helping ourselves.
Meanwhile, back in the real world, patient expectations (and need?) are unmanageable.
Is this the first indication that the College actually recognises there might be a problem in gp land?!
And this is the political problem you have created for yourselves. By initially supporting the GP 5yFV wholeheartedly, the College is not going to be taken seriously by now saying it's not working or not going to work before the 5 years are up in 2020.
So by their own admission they can only hope to fulfill their promise of 5000 extra gp's by 2020 by recruiting 2000 of them from overseas!
And the only way that will work quickly is if they recruit from the EU.
Oh the irony!
I hope the national papers pick this up.
Seriously, what planet is this guy on?
If he thinks that it is only millennials that are working fewer hours (but work intensity has mushroomed!) then he is naive.
Back to the old attitude "in my day we worked 120 hour weeks and were grateful".
Unhelpful and just plain wrong!
While Nero fiddled...
And the extra £8bn promised isn't even £8bn!
You couldn't even make it up.
Where is the College in all this? They should be calling the government to account NOW rather than waiting 5 years to see whether or not it delivers on its promise to increase gp funding.