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  • Why I resigned as a PCN clinical director

    @DrSimonHodes's comment 14 Jan 2020 6:42pm

    sad that a senior, experienced and clearly dedicated GP like you has resigned from the PCN over this - it can only be their loss

    our time and energy would be better spend on patient care ?

    do make some noise on Twitter

  • RCGP calls for extension to network DES consultation

    @DrSimonHodes's comment 14 Jan 2020 12:48pm

  • RCGP calls for extension to network DES consultation

    @DrSimonHodes's comment 14 Jan 2020 12:46pm

    Couldn't agree more with my esteemed colleagues.

    This needs to be scrapped not delayed.

    The funds should be rolled into existing GMS so no more extra hoops to jump through.

    Can I please encourage you all to get on Twitter and lodge your views publicly

  • CCGs told they must set up primary care networks by end of June

    @DrSimonHodes's comment 17 Jan 2019 1:31am

    Practices work well because the GP's invest their efforts + time for the benefit of our patients

    how much time will need to be spent to coordinate care with neighbouring GP practices?

    GPs are already stretched to breaking point without having to coordinate care with neighbouring GP's. This needs proper funding & managerial support to even get itself off the ground.

    whilst 'working at scale' sounds like a good idea you lose the essence of General Practice and create more 'large scale' problems instead

    Where is the evidence base for this being a good use of money???

    we simply need more clinical staff on the ground, increased funding for general practice to allow better maintenance and improvement of our premises / equipment and better remuneration to allow for recruitment and retention.

    Oh yes - and some seniority pay / recognition

  • £4.5bn primary care funding will relieve pressure on GPs, promises Hancock

    @DrSimonHodes's comment 17 Jan 2019 1:23am

    The devil as always will be in the detail
    There is an opportunity here to really make a difference. I am crossing all available digits in the vague hope this will actually happen....
    But not holding my breath

  • Partners continuing to take drastic measures to combat workload

    @DrSimonHodes's comment 09 Jan 2019 11:51pm

    Agree with my esteemed colleagues above. The truth is that GP as we know it is hanging on by a thread.
    If we are the 'bedrock' where is the recognition and financial reward. There are virtually no new partners to be found - and once the Partnership model folds the entire GP system will collapse as we are the ones not working to rule on a salaried contract.
    They will not appreciate what we have and are doing until we are gone - and by then it will be too late to squeeze he toothpaste back into the tube

  • How GPs have been left dealing with the pensions pot fiasco

    @DrSimonHodes's comment 03 Jan 2019 10:51pm

    Thank you Pulse for researching and printing this excellent article.

    This resonates with me - as do the comments of my colleagues - as I am also trying fruitlessly to get my total rewards statement and being bounced in between the NHSPA (pensions) and PCSE (cRapita).

    This is a total & utter disgrace and no other profession would put up with this.

    The BMA must act strongly and quickly to avert further demoralisation and haemorrhage of precious but increasingly urinated offed GPs.

  • Ten top tips – childhood food allergies

    @DrSimonHodes's comment 12 Aug 2015 7:32pm

    thanks - clear concise summary with some useful links too, regards, Simon