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Independents' Day


Bexley CCG cardiology lead

  • GPs should refer a quarter of all patients for weight management, suggests NICE

    sceptic's comment 06 Jul 2020 11:03am

    Waste of time. The multi-trillion food industry has won, thumbs up for "body positive" and "fat is fab".

  • Many more patients should shield in second Covid spike, says DHSC adviser

    sceptic's comment 03 Jul 2020 12:20pm

    I take it the professor is absolutely certain that there will be a second spike. And a third? A fourth? If he had replaced his certainty with “IF there is a second spike…”, he would have been cleared of charges that "government advisers” run a C19 project fear.

  • Professor Clare Gerada's letter to the CQC on restarting GP inspections

    sceptic's comment 27 Jun 2020 10:44am

    It is difficult to know precisely what CQC's annual budget is, £166m? £211? Other?
    Regardless, if Dr Benneyworth agrees to the proposed 12-month delay, and if the Treasury agrees to treat CQC inspectors as ‘furloughed workers’ in the Government's "Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme", then there may be a sympathetic response from the CQC (if they are happy to receive their reduced/full salaries and enjoy a year-long holiday).
    If, however, the government makes them redundant, our plea will be dismissed.
    Eventually, the CQC will seek a compromise, but I cannot see them shutting up shop for a year.

  • The betrayal of the BAME community

    sceptic's comment 13 Jun 2020 10:40am

    An excellent article but lacking a full and frank disclosure. Here it is:
    * The Squakbox: Leading GP: it’s “my public duty to urge people to vote against the Tories and for the Labour Party”
    * Labour Rose by Dr. Kailash Chand OBE The NHS a world class institution -with world class staff now being torn apart by second rate politicians wanting a third world service.
    *The Telegraph
    Kailash Chand said that Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler’s propaganda chief, would be “proud” of Tory policies on education, health and the economy
    * Twitter Happy 550 birth anniversary of ‘Baba Nanak’ Thank you @jeremycorbyn
    for standing by all the communities in their good and bad times
    Plenty more where these are coming from.
    Free speech is fundamental in a democracy and I salute PULSE for giving a platform to a committed Labour Party supporter and admirer of Jeremy Corbyn. I hope, however, that free speech also applies to readers' comments.

  • BAME GPs at higher risk

    sceptic's comment 30 May 2020 10:44am

    @Cranky Dragon You beat me to it - great post

  • Number of fully qualified FTE GPs drops by 2.5% in a year

    sceptic's comment 28 May 2020 12:29pm

    PULSE 22 February 2017

    "Mr Hunt! I know where your 5,000 extra GPs are" by Phil Peverley.
    The most brilliant article Pulse ever published with Immediate relevance then, now and quite possibly in the future. It attracted 72 comments snd it exposed where the intelligent GPs are hiding when some others put their lives on the line - literally.

  • Over 300 GPs urge police to investigate Dominic Cummings

    sceptic's comment 26 May 2020 1:11pm

    According to Pulse there are 28,319 FTE GPs. It seems that 28000 and 19 GPs are busy looking after their patients and have no time to join the lynch mob.

  • Locums out of work: 'I never thought as a GP I would struggle to find work'

    sceptic's comment 21 May 2020 4:08pm

    I have some sympathy for older colleagues who leave partnerships to ease their workload and move away from bullying managers. But I have none for the young ones who love cherry picking. However, the ones I deeply resent are the mushrooming go-betweener merchants and their greed.

  • Leading GP says schools should not reopen until Covid numbers 'much lower'

    sceptic's comment 18 May 2020 11:39am

    Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter at the University of Cambridge estimates that the risk to children of catching and then dying from coronavirus is one in 5.3 million.

    Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health:
    Over 800 children aged one to nine die each year in the UK. One in eight of these deaths are caused by accidents.
    Last year, over 45,000 under-fives were admitted to hospitals across England, Scotland and Wales as a result of accidents.
    Almost three-quarters of these accidents happened at home.
    Nearly 1,300 young people aged 10 to 19 die each year in the UK. One in three of these deaths are caused by accidents.
    Accidental injury is the leading cause of death for young people aged 10 to 19.
    There is a strong link between deprivation and the risk of death throughout childhood.

    It would appear that the teachers' main concern is a totally risk-free environment for themselves and not their pupils' welfare

  • The UK has failed the first phase - we need to get the next phases right

    sceptic's comment 13 May 2020 11:26am

    Sir Kier Starmer couldn't have put it better. The political bias of this article is exposed by putting the blame squarely on the Government. No doubt Matt the Dim (my copyright) has lots to answer, but politicians need advisers to guide them. Not a single word by the author about the main culprits, the multi-billion quango known as Public Health England. The very same people who failed to tackle the far more costly epidemics in money and lives, like Obesity, Diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
    Known as the Fat Cats of the NHS, managed to escape Cameron's Bonfire of the Quangos. Perhaps, when time for retribution comes, Boris will call upon his friend Nemesis

  • When Boris needed the NHS

    sceptic's comment 29 Apr 2020 9:11pm

    Thank you David (Jenkins) you are right

  • ​GPs go forth: Has the Government's strategy put GPs at risk?

    sceptic's comment 29 Apr 2020 6:31pm

    Of course the government, but why are you sparing the people REALLY responsible: Public Health England.

  • When Boris needed the NHS

    sceptic's comment 28 Apr 2020 10:30am

    "So when our Prime Minister comes face to face with his need for a health service, it matters. I can only hope his recent hospital admission was something of a wake-up call."

    Not true, dear Katie. He would have had a REAL wake-up call if he had to wait for hours for his GP's receptionist to respond, hours for the ambulance to arrive and then taken to a North West district hospital. What he experienced was an IVP treatment, beginning to end, in one of the best hospitals in the country.

  • GPs should continue to refer patients to secondary care, says NHS England

    sceptic's comment 17 Apr 2020 9:05pm

    It would be laughable if it wasn't so tragic. You can refer to your heart's content, but when the patient will be seen is another matter, July or August in our neck of the woods. The 2ww is out of the window and the only place you can send urgent cases is A&E.
    A desperate daughter asked me yesterday to help her with her elderly mother's psychotic episodes. I spent hours getting nowhere, and eventually she had to pay a private psychiatrist and a private psychiatric nurse to "babysit" with her mother so that she could get a few hours sleep.
    Could Sofia look into the way mental health patients are being treated during the C19 crisis, please.

  • GPs set to diagnose Covid-19 face to face in 'hot hubs'

    sceptic's comment 02 Apr 2020 10:47am

    Although PPE is mentioned repeatedly in the article, there is a total lack of clarity on what will be offered to the hubs. Enhanced PPE as in hospitals? Limited PPE with high risk for staff and patients?
    In our area the proposed PPE by the CCG offers inadequate protection and hardly meets the safety criteria and yet we are urged to see face to face suspected cases either at the hub or our surgeries.

  • As a GP who's overcome coronavirus, here's what I want you to know

    sceptic's comment 22 Mar 2020 12:50pm

    One can safely say that, with the exemption of a few disturbed minds, we all celebrate the recovery of a human being from a dreaded disease.
    But perhaps, there is an explanation for the whiff of resentment detected in some comments.
    The whole of the national and medical press, TV channels and radio stations have been collectively celebrating the story and some have gone even further by elevating the ex-sufferer into “a survivor” (a word one should use carefully).
    Moreover, a cursory google search reveals that the story has now gone, how can one put it, “viral”.
    Here is a small selection.
    Times of India: A 60-year-old woman who survived COVID-19 tells how she felt dealing with the disease.
    South African news24: …survivors tell their story… a 60-year-old GP from South London
    Flipboard: I beat coronavirus with paracetamol, chicken soup and lemonade, says survivor and veteran GP…
    Ireland’s RTE : 'It feels as if your body is on fire'

    None of the doctors and nurses deployed to the front-line trenches have yet acquired such a celeb status, but they are nevertheless happy to be known as the unsung heroes.

  • My plan to deal with Covid-19

    sceptic's comment 16 Mar 2020 12:03pm

    "...The NHS has been allowed to become the sick MAN of Europe..."
    Sexism platinum grade.
    If a man had said the sick WOMAN of Europe (Horror of Horrors!) he would have the feminist lynch mob after him.
    As for the rest of the article, much better than Hancock's blather

  • Should retired GPs return to work in the coronavirus crisis?

    sceptic's comment 05 Mar 2020 8:51am

    @Retired but still working | Locum GP04 Mar 2020 7:41pm

    Please allow me to repeat this brilliant entry with some added emphasis:

    Great opportunity for the DESK JOCKEYS at PCNs, CQC, GMC, RCGP, NHSE etc (at least 5000, according to previous entries in Pulse) to come out from behind their desks and SEE SOME ACTUAL PATIENTS instead of asking retired doctors in the HIGHEST RISK demographic to put their lives at risk.
    Well said Sir/Madam!

  • We need to tell the time wasters to bugger off

    sceptic's comment 29 Feb 2020 1:07pm

    Another brilliant article.
    Well done, Katie!
    This and your previous contributions are melting fast the snowflakes who have taken over general practice.
    Keep up the good work and take no notice of the miserable, humourless whingers. The silenced majority are on your side.

  • Do we trust the PCN movement?

    sceptic's comment 18 Jan 2020 10:53am

    At last a spirited article.
    I hope the author maintains her fire when she joins the top brass of the BMA, the LMC, the RCGP and the NHSE, as all those elite organisations know well how to curb the enthusiasm of young romantics.