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Locum in the glorious Toon. Whey aye man.

  • Nearly 40% of Scottish GPs say they 'cannot cope' at least once a week

    GeordieGP's comment 07 Jun 2019 12:57pm

    Feels more like once an hour for me at the moment...

  • Does RCGP really represent who it claims to?

    GeordieGP's comment 14 May 2019 1:22pm

    I always thought that the membership fee was simply a tax on common sense.

    I cancelled my membership as soon as I finished training given my indemnity costs at the time were £10k. Better off in my pocket than the bank account of an already rich organisation.

  • A tribute to the 9ers

    GeordieGP's comment 14 May 2019 1:17pm

    I was a 10'er

    I'm more of an 8'er now. And I still think that feels like too much most of the time. And I'm just a locum - I cant even imagine what it is like for my salaried or partner colleagues.

  • Revealed: 11-hour days, 41 daily contacts and half of GPs working unsafe levels

    GeordieGP's comment 14 May 2019 12:58pm

    '29% of their patient contacts were... ‘very complex'

    I think that seems to be even higher where I work. All the Nurse Pracs get the cases where I would usually catch up or breeze through with relative ease.

    Means I'm then left with 16 often extremely complex patients per session, and the issues that raises. Often complicated even further by the fact that people will come with lists (and the unrealistic expectation that that their issues will be sorted out immediately without any issue).

    I often feel now more like I'm expected to have the knowledge of an acute medicine/gynae/paeds/psych/Ortho/renal/neuro consultant, yet with a fraction of the time/investigations or treatments available to said consultants.

    No wonder we are feeling overwhelmed...

  • GPs will be required to collect annual patient feedback under GMC plans

    GeordieGP's comment 07 May 2019 1:09pm

    Ah excellent. More work. It'll be daily feedback next. Then hourly...

    As previous comments have suggested I am not sure how having glowing 100% positive feedback is ever a good thing - the GP who pleases everyone isn't doing their job correctly IMHO.