...and will the last person leaving Britain please turn the light off?
With this degree of utter bovine ignorance of how the NHS works, and GPs role in it, you can book me on the next QANTAS flight to Auz if this lot get in in May 15, thats if I can get a seat.
Dr Carty's gratuitous insult to LMCs as "one trick ponies" displays his ignorance of the role of LMCs as statutory bodies that have been in existence for over 100 years.As a GP and Occ Health GPSWI for 30 years, I am well aware of the incontrovertible evidence that being in work is healthy, and conversely that being out of work (independent of cause) carries a significant added morbidity and mortality.As GPs, we should be supporting our patients into whatever employment, paid or voluntary, that meets their capabilities.We can do this within the Equality Act 2010 by recommending commonsense *GP" adjustments on the Fit Note.In this way, we should help and support our patients' needs rather than submitting to their wants.The WCA is far from perfect.Rather than waste time with argy bargy about appeal letters, we should be working to reform the WCA process.In the interim, I strongly support the LMC's attempt to ensure that GPs' time is spent on what we are actually resourced for.
As a GP with 30 years experience in Occupational Health could I remind everyone of the incontrovertible evidence that being in work is therapeutic.We do our patients a gross disservice if we aid and abett their unrealistic expectations rather than guide and support them back to normal life wherever possible.
"NHS Direct a failure"; next week another devastating expose': "Bears evacuate boewls in arboreal locations!"
We should be mindful of recent GMC advice that we must not allow our personal opinions to interfere with our advice to patients.Whilst this was specifically aimed at religious convictions, surely the same applies with politcal convictions?Asking patients to sign political pledges in the context of the consultation transgresses our ethical duties to offer that patient the best choice of (publicly-funded) therapy.It would be helpful to hear a GMC view on this.
BMA: Shame on you!Patients first, not politics.I totally support the NHS, but there are areas where private providers are giving excellent service where the NHS has been unable or unwilling to do so.
As GP Exec member of a CCG, we are doing tremendous things for our patients now that we have real power.The reforms may not be popular with some politocos, but they are with our patients.