I totally agree. Patient education is essential. As GPs we try to negotiate shared management plans. In reality, people come looking for a "solution" or an easy fix. The perception among a number of people is that the pills are the first line of treatment.
I hope there is an onslaught from public health to try and educate our Brexit-voting population. Hats off to Dr. Malhotra for his continued and (as far as I'm concerned) high-profile media campaign. And hats off to Clare Gerada for this article.
Why should doctors in training give up their fight because the general "Great" British public shot themselves in the head? The same morons who succumbed to media opinion and propaganda peddled by "charismatic" politicians are the same morons berating doctors in training.
With such an extraordinary level of intellect the British public were entrusted with the responsibility of deciding the country's future.
In my lifetime I don't remember any government ruining a country as comprehensively as this group of snakes.
To GP Partner, 21 June | 4:43 pm:
I think this is a great article. I totally agree with the sentiments expressed.
"Doctors should expect to face a GMC investigation...as an 'occupational hazard'..."
I'm absolutely staggered.
The GMCs role is to protect the public rather than to offer pastoral support to doctors. However, the tone of most of these posts reflect what many doctors think. People are posting anonymously for fear of finding themselves on the radar of this sinister organisation.
A culture of fear pervades doctors and I don't think this is paranoia. They instil fear. They are not my friend. I don't trust them. But I will continue to do as they say because I don't want to wake up with a horses head in my bed. The M in the acronym could just as easily stand for "Mafia".
I hope I've misunderstood the flavour of what has been agreed. Perhaps it's premature to draw conclusions without knowing details.
I hope they stay united and maintain their resolve.
NICE don't even recommend procalcitonin in the NHS. How is the CRP (or PV, ESR or, for that matter, ferritin) even relevant in identifying a bacterial infection? This a tired, re-heated debate that does the rounds cyclically. Until we have a test that is practical and economical all of this debate is pointless but I'm sure it will be doing the rounds again soon enough.
Going back to the point of this story... namely the latest noises coming from the Right Honourable Secretary of State for Health, one can enthusiastically lap this up as an opportunity for lively debate. On the other hand, some may suggest that this is another soundbite coming from a bungling politician who has little real interest in promoting health. It depends on your perspective.
I know where I stand.
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I salute my colleagues in training. Anyone condemning them simply doesn't understand how downtrodden, miserable and energy sapped they are. Unlike previous generations they have the guts and the unity to make a stand. Undoubtedly, social media has helped to keep them together and galvanise them. Whatever it takes, I hope they stay resolute.
Unlike a number of their older colleagues they have no interest in behaving like good little boys and girls and toeing the line. The cockroaches in government are no doubt hoping they will prove to be timid like their predecessors.
Public support is a difficult issue. As with all groups, Joe Publics interests are vested. Either toe the line and convince yourselves that the public support your cause or make a stand to try and improve our working lives. I'm delighted that so many consultants and GPs are on the same team. I hope the consultants consider the doctors-in-training problems during their contract negotiations and don't do anything to undermine their struggle.
Superbly written article. I appreciate how you acknowledge that you did more hours but you graciously accept that it doesn't equate to working conditions in this day and age which are nothing short of toxic. Thank you for referencing the rodents who have crawled out of their holes and attacked their own. I wonder how we ever stood a chance while there isn't even unity in the profession?