Taking the mick
Many of us have assumed that the writer was not a partner due to the ignorance of the significant workload and hardships of being one. The fact that the “deluge of paperwork” doesn’t matter sums it up really. It somehow gets magically done along with all of the medicines management, lab results, reports and letters.
I worked as a locum for 4 years before becoming a partner and I had no clue how stressful and time consuming it would be. I would never write an article like this having experienced partnership.
Well said Dr salaried. Truly insulting article from a hypocritical locum who previously enjoyed the good life while we all slaved away for years. Now that the well has run dry (albeit temporarily), he/she has something to say.
The author is still stuck in the old mindset that we have to see all patients face to face to be doing work. This is the problem with many employers still not understanding that remote working is still work. All of my telephone appointments are always filled. Those who need f2f appointments and visits are seen. The pandemic has shown us that we can work remotely and hopefully this would allow more flexibility post Covid.
The author also doesn’t understand the concept of hot and cold sites in a pandemic. If all GPs were regularly seeing patients f2f, more GPs will be off sick or die. Even worse, we would inadvertently spread the virus if we’re asymptomatic. This is why there are hot sites that allow GPs to see a small number of asymptomatic f2f patients at their “cold” practice. Full waiting rooms equal more spread. In my area, the hot sites have been a huge success with no one dying from “lack of continuity” as mentioned by the anonymous author.
As for the clapping, I never felt that this was aimed at me and do not have a desire/need to be clapped for.
The “quiet” period lasted a matter of weeks, as I’m already getting calls about trivia such as a patient insisting that he have his long standing epidermoid cyst excised urgently as it became infected once and another insisting that his ear wax be syringed after 2 weeks of using olive oil without success.
To the anonymous author, as others have said, practice what you preach and sign up for high risk work or apply for a salaried/partner post if you’re short of work.
As for those GPs who feel they’re underworked, you need to let your patients know that your surgery is up and running!
The author’s anecdote would suggest that an unresponsive patient could be wrongly “diagnosed” as a death. If we presume that all apparently dead patients could be alive and just unresponsive, it would make sense that an ambulance be called first as time could be critical in such as situation. A busy GP trying to finish his surgery to then routinely visit an unresponsive patient would be medically negligent.
So based on the author’s logic it should be a paramedic who verifies death and not a GP.
David Jarvis how old are you? I’m too young to remember advising starvation for D&V. It’s a shame that all those other countries don’t have your wisdom and have chosen to foolishly close schools.
@David Jarvis it’s about flattening the curve and not just saying that death is inevitable.
To reduce burden on NHS services the only thing to do is to impose restrictions on movement and close schools now, as in Singapore and Hong Kong. This has seemed to slow spread and enable a better response without hospitals being overwhelmed.
The best way to create herd immunity in the longer term is vaccination, not culling. It’s not much of a problem until a loved one dies?
@The cavalry isn’t coming - my thoughts exactly! We’re best placed to cull the herd! Let the GPs spread the virus and kill off the weak and sick!
Dear GP, please do a home visit to remove this patient’s cannula as you have nothing else to do. Thank you.
This man needs to be on antipsychotics!
Nothing that the government does is evidence based but is rather politically motivated.
I thought we were still in February and not April 1st?
Good grief! He's come back to finish us off for good!
Meh. The public doesn't care so why should we? When they complain just tell them keep reading the Daily Fail.
So what happens if a locum dies on the weekend?
Unlike politicians, my conscience would not allow me to lie to medical students.
Is comedy hour over?
Brexit Brexit Brexit. That’s all they care about! Meanwhile people are dying!
If you can’t afford to see someone privately then you’re stuffed. This is speaking from both personal and professional experience.
Haha more GPs doing less work. Idiot!