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Locum GP

  • Are GP receptionists too scary?

    Locum GP's comment 24 Apr 2018 10:39am

    Wait until you become a patient yourself and experience the 'Rottweilers' approach delivered to you by the receptionists, then you will understand where the reputation of 'dragons', 'battleaxes' or 'Rottweilers' has come from!

  • ‘Targets to reduce referrals are morally abhorrent’

    Locum GP's comment 01 Mar 2018 10:40am

    NHS is free and when it is free, everybody goes for it whether there is a genuine need for it or not. However, there is always a limit to how much one can afford to pay for everyone free of charge. As the NHS funding is forever inadequate to meet all the demands, apportioning and diverting the free health care to the most needy patients are paramount. In an ideal world, rationing of care or paying GPs to cut referrals is wrong and immoral. Given the current funding crisis, some practical means are needed to divert the funded care to the most needy patients. I have seen some referrals which are totally unnecessary and a completely wasteful disaster. I believe the new scheme using financial rewards to incentivise GPs to cut their referrals is aiming to reduce these wasteful referrals. If this is the case, then it appears to be more acceptable to me.

  • NHS England looks to recruit 2,000 GPs from overseas to offset retirements

    Locum GP's comment 18 Jul 2017 10:46am

    Every country trains its own people to become qualified healthcare professionals such as doctors and nurses for serving their own people in their own country. It is immoral for us to entice and recruit these professionals to work in UK leaving their patients behind to suffer due to shortages of healthcare professionals in their own conutry. I believe there should be an international effort to ban any recruitment of healthcare professionals from overseas.

  • Coroner writes to NHS after investigation ‘lost sight GP was a human being’

    Locum GP's comment 29 Jun 2017 12:18pm

    Who wants to be a GP when the attitude adopted by the GMC and NHS England is 'guilty until proven innocent'

  • Are you a Rottweiler or a teddy bear?

    Locum GP's comment 02 Feb 2017 10:40am

    An excellent way of analysising characters/personalities suited and unsuited for a GP career. Rather thought provoking!