Get used to it.
Chucked my NHS t-shirt...
"...covering 500,000 patients across 2,400 square metres,..."
Sounds pretty busy to me...
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That'll do the trick - why hadn't they thought about it sooner?...
(Well, if nothing else, it shows just HOW clueless the perricks from NHSE are!!!)
Sorry, headline should read "General practice will be a virtualLLY NON EXISTENT service. Anywhere."
Thank you, GP Partner 7:12pm: It's been both a pleasure and a privilege working (and being trained) as a GP in the NHS. Sadly, it looks like the backbone of the NHS is crumbling because of 'political metastases'...
So how much longer ARE you going to put on with this crap?!?...
(Spot on, Hasan!)
Depressive reading when one's livelihood appears to depend on ignorant perricks.
Good thing I left.
You guessed it: I would have become militant...
Totally irrelevant since
a) the NHS is in meltdown
b) you're all doomed...
I'm just glad I no longer have to put up with this crap!!!
Message from the Editor:
Apologies - correct headline reads:
"Health Secretary backs Practice Closures"
Yes, he can!
Kiss my ar.....m, that is...
But only if he bothers to leave the UK.
Like I did.
Just how much longer are you lot going to put up with this crap?!?
Frohe Weihnachten, allerseits!
50y - 0y!
I have just left the NHS and the UK after 20 years (hence no more irrate comments "moderated by the editor" from me on this site...) and I DO NOT intend to come back!
Why four hours? Why not two? Or one? Or, even better, "If there is more than one patient waiting in front of you, we will open another consulting room."
Just how fecking stupid are these people?!?
And does she really get paid for that type of official copremesis?!?...
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"But NHS England defended the service, saying call handlers were ‘fully trained’."
To do what exactly?!? Peel a banana?!?
As a - previously dedicated - OOH GP I experience the crap coming from NHS 1mbec1l1c on a nightly basis: If it wasn't so scary, it would be funny: "Thigh pain", algorithm used: Abdominal pain. Patient's wife: "He's got pain in his ribs." Or, just last night, a (British) surname misspelt beyond recognition. And it's "Ernest", not "Eurnest"! That's just the basics.
Add to that 999 ambulances being dispatched through Pr1m1t1ve to patients with - presumably life-threatening - sinusitis and one loses the will to live.
The concept is fundamentally flawed, the implementation is shambolic - greetings, South East Coast Ambulance Service!!! - and the people responsible should get the 'Clarkson treatment for striking public sector workers'!!! (Question is: Do we start with Dr Peter Fox or do we leave him till last?).
Failing that, they should be struck off for their participation in a 'system' that is detrimental to patient care.
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"CQC set to close practices that do not open at convenient times" - and then what?
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...there is an 'h' missing in 'were'... (29.05., 09:10 am)
GP contract set to change as Hunt hands responsibility for out-of-hours care back to general practice
Word of advice to the British people:
Very valid points, Martin: The current system is extremely unsatisfactory for patients and doctors alike.
OOH should be organised and provided on a local level: We know the frequent callers, we know the local colleagues, we know local procedures - and we don't have to ask the patient 100 miles away were his nearest Hospital is!
Local knowledge - local triaging!