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  • GPs can expect to work over May bank holidays, signals NHS England

    Mini-me's comment 17 Apr 2020 2:10pm

    @Honest from Yorkshire |12:53pm

    And so what if the Daily Rant broadcast this? Are we supposed to be silent because of newspaper editorials?

  • BAPIO and BMA raise concerns over ethnic minority doctor deaths to Covid-19

    Mini-me's comment 17 Apr 2020 5:09am

    The reason is obvious.....BAME staff (doctor, nurses, domestic staff) are thrown to the frontline whilst their privileged colleagues are busy having planning meetings and drawing up guidance.

  • NICE issues prescribing advice for dermatology patients with Covid-19

    Mini-me's comment 17 Apr 2020 1:34am

    Thanks may be interested to know every GP had always done this for any patient with intercurrent illness whether COVID or not. Nothing new here.

    ....And some experts have been paid for this, what a shame!

  • NHS England gives GPs until Monday to review patients who should be shielding

    Mini-me's comment 09 Apr 2020 11:57am

    NHSE - 3 weeks to do it's own part

    GPs - given just 3 days. Where is fairness?

  • Final year medical students to be registered by GMC from next week

    Mini-me's comment 03 Apr 2020 1:38am

    Lambs to the slaughter!!!

  • CCG 'tells GP practices they must get their own PPE'

    Mini-me's comment 27 Mar 2020 3:14am

    Can't doctors just just do a sit-in? Simple note on the surgery door - 'for health and safety reasons, we cannot see you. We advise you contact your MP.' Sometimes, we forget the government needs us more than we need them.

  • NHS England and CQC deploy clinical staff to coronavirus frontline

    Mini-me's comment 27 Mar 2020 3:08am

    Gimmicks......all to make you believe the CQC and NHSE are together with you.

  • Government formally launches 'NHS needs you' campaign for retired GPs

    Mini-me's comment 21 Mar 2020 1:47pm

    Interesting times indeed!! I received the email from GMC and had to read it twice as I couldn't believe my eyes....the tone was cordial and polite, unbelievable! When I tried to relinquish my performer's list and licence to practice, the tone from GMC and NHS Primary Care sounded like I was being fired from a job and would need to beg to the point of sweating blood if I have to beg to come back. And now coronavirus has indeed humbled them.
    Good luck to the retirees who feel the call of duty makes them bound to put their live in line of will be used, dumped and, like grass on a football pitch, uprooted (syn: death) and replaced by another with no tears shed or even your loved ones exposed (loss of pension, pathetic PPE means potentially contracting Covid19 and spreading to your loved ones).
    The government seems to be daydreaming about the younger doctors who have given up their licence. They did so because they have either left the country or found something more profitable outside NHS.....why should they fly back or drop their newly found passion to come back to their tormentors? I am hoping the medical profession does not suffer with Stockholm syndrome.

  • NICE in 90 seconds - lipid modification

    Mini-me's comment 01 Feb 2020 12:52pm

    Why atorvastatin? What happened to other statins?

  • Hancock wants ‘value for money’ from PCNs in GP contract negotiations

    Mini-me's comment 29 Jan 2020 11:03am

    Is there any provision in the BMA constitution (or whatever) for sacking the Exco. This bunch are the problem and unless GPs (and all doctors including junior docs) show some spine by sacking and replacing all of them, these gong-seekers will be recycling their positions and continue to sell frontline doctors down the river.

  • We must convince graduates that general practice is 'exciting', says Ashworth

    Mini-me's comment 14 Nov 2019 11:23pm

    @Vinci Ho 7:53pm.

    Spot on....thanks for breaking it down for simple minds like me!

  • GP leaders to call for removal of home visits from contract

    Mini-me's comment 11 Nov 2019 2:33pm

    I moved from the toxic NHS a while ago and work in Canada. I have never heard of request for home visit, I see many 90+ year olds. If they are very I'll they go to emergency. If not, we have a few wheelchairs at the practice - relatives take one to the parking lot, get the patients in and wheel to the office. After the consultation the patient is wheeled back and relatives return the wheelchair. This has made it possible for me to plan my day and expect no disruption from home visit request. If a patient or relative feel an urgent appointment had become necessary on the day, just bring the patient, tell the reception what is the problem. A doctor is notified and will see if necessary.

    Whilst working in England, I can't count the number of requests for home visit when the reasons have been anything but medical - no cars/funds for transport (and you find cars parked in the yard or booze all over the house), relative cannot bring patient as expecting a delivery, snow outside. There have even been request not to come at certain times as hairdresser will be there.

    As said before by some colleagues, Australia, Canada, USA, New Zealand amongst others are by no means less developed than UK - if home visits were absolutely necessary and evidence-based they will implement it.

    As for the UK, it is no skin off the government's nose as general practice is an all-you-can-eat-buffet, the average Joe Blogg thinks this is the most evident way he can justify his 'taxes' (if he ever pays one).

    Unfortunately for GPs, for any meaningful change in our lot to happen, we would have to get rid of the dinosaurs and gong-seekers in BMA who constantly throw frontline doctors under the bus to fulfill their self-interests. I wonder if the profession would ever wake up to this reality.

  • The many disappointments behind this appointment

    Mini-me's comment 04 Nov 2019 11:33am

    Well said. The truth is the NHS is on life support. Someone will have to be bold one day to pull the plug.

  • GP's defection leaves the Government without a working majority

    Mini-me's comment 04 Sep 2019 12:25pm

    I happened to have met Dr Lee at Westminster at an event organised for small businesses in Buckinghamshire. He came across as a very principled man and I believe his defection is based on his principles. He is still a practising GP.
    It is a shame sound minds like him have been silenced in the Conservatives and he saw no other option but to defect.

  • GPs told to stop closing for half-days or risk losing £40k in funding

    Mini-me's comment 19 Aug 2019 4:21pm

    This is the same Nikita telling us about next phase in General Practice. Works 4days as cardigan and 1 day as GP. How about giving 1 more day to coal face GP work? I am sure her colleagues will appreciate that.

  • PM pledges £250m for artificial intelligence in NHS

    Mini-me's comment 08 Aug 2019 5:56pm

    Do you need AI to tell you wish patients are likely to miss appointments? Any regular doctor that has worked long enough a practice cant tell you this from his list! Maybe we should have the investment then and not the tech guys.

  • GMC was advised to appeal Bawa-Garba case to 'protect reputation of profession'

    Mini-me's comment 05 Aug 2019 4:39pm

    I think an ominous cyclone is encircling Charlie is called change of guards. His godfather, Jeremy Hunt, is dethroned and if BoJo is going to do anything to give impression that he is trying to sort this mess called mistrust between GMC and doctors then it is a marching order to Charlie.

  • Government consults GPs on solutions for greater flexibility in pension system

    Mini-me's comment 22 Jul 2019 8:45pm

    Can't believe the government is asking this! Why fix a system that was not broken in the first place.
    Folks...12 weeks bring us to the October deadline for Brexit. This consultation is just kicking the can down the road; at it least it will keep the doctors quiet whilst waiting for the report of the consultation. I suppose our dear SoS at DHSC is just warming his way to Boris Johnson's heart, after all he shifted his support to Boris Johnson.

  • Government selects GMC to regulate physician associates

    Mini-me's comment 19 Jul 2019 12:30pm

    @wm | Hospital Doctor18 Jul 2019 4:56pm

    I couldn't agree more. Also considering the picture today in the article about asthma meds, one couldn't help but see the same 'establishment mentality' in Pulse - the editors seem to have concluded on the demographics of who the expected PAs would be or the doctors likely to overprescribe meds. I do not think this negative portrayal from Pulse helps.....there you go for unconscious bias.
    Thanks am as I initially thought I was overreading things!

  • Hancock promises to fix pension tax problems by April 2020

    Mini-me's comment 10 Jul 2019 1:08pm

    April 2020? Of course, when he will no longer be in job by then just as Mrs May promised 5,000 GPs very soon. She is on her way out.