To put it simply, human society has evolved faster than the human brain, thereby putting pressures which many find unbearable (including GPs) on people which they are not designed for.
As Charles R. Swindoll said:
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes.”
As a "part-time" salary GP I regularly work 40+ hour weeks. The constant media slandering of 'lazy' and 'overpaid' GPs has completely taken away any guilt I feel for cutting down on my hours and branching out to other career options.
While all the media slandering of GPs goes on the RCGP comfortably sit back and say nothing. This is why many newly qualified GPs are cancelling their memberships as soon as possible.
By putting up with all the extra hours you are doing and biting your tongue, you are part of the problem.
I'm more than happy to continue the chain of 'pass the buck', makes for a nice easy consultation.
To the comments above - if you think it's bad when the proverbial hits the fan in the UK, wait until something goes wrong or you get a serious complaint in Qatar. I've heard too many horror stories to work anywhere medical related in the middle east.
Maybe they should focus more on the elephant in the room which is insane indemnity fees. I know a few GPs who would be willing to do more shifts but the indemnity increase for these shifts makes it pointless.
Let's see how much of that sentence he serves. I'm guessing it'll be less than a year. British prisons are a holiday camp.
Just wait until the Daily Mail get hold of this headline
I have not met a doctor yet who has confidence in the GMC.
Yet another reason on top of many why lots of newly qualified GPs give up their RCGP memberships. Complete waste of money unless you want a discount on a new Volvo.
I would have thought this figure would have been higher.
The biggest laugh of all is how they say the average working week is 40hours.