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  • This back-door reorganisation spells the end of NHS general practice

    sceptic's comment 23 May 2018 10:11pm

    It transpires from the article and the first comment that we are kept in the dark regarding our future. Conspiracy theories abound with CCG colleagues telling me that CCG are here to stay and will become more autonomous, Local authority friends that soon the CCGs will be under the aegis of the local councils, hospital colleagues that CCGs will disappear "in five months" and so and so on. If the BMA, the LMCs and the RCGP are not prepared to throw some light, then PULSE under its new editor might consider a special investigation on the future of general practice and the CCGs.

  • LMC leader to chair Hunt review into 'reinvigorating' GP partnership model

    sceptic's comment 14 May 2018 10:55am

    Partnership will never die but it will only change shape.
    The small partnerships will disappear and the big partnerships will get bigger, keeping up with the current trend of "the rich get richer and the poor get poorer."
    The vested interests of the SUPER partners will see to it.

  • The white elephant in the room

    sceptic's comment 05 May 2018 1:15pm

    May I reiterate, the BME definition is grossly unfair to a large number of doctors and nurses, who do not strictly qualify.

    Here is the Fitzpatrick Skin Types:

    Type I: Light skin that always burns and never tans.
    Type II: Fair skin that usually burns, then tans.
    Type III: Medium skin that may burn, but tans well.
    Type IV: Olive skin that rarely burns and tans well.
    Type V: Tan brown skin that very rarely burns and tans well.
    Type VI: Black brown skin that never burns and tans very well.

    I am type IV, with a very foreign name and accent to match it. When my PCT started a vendetta against me (purely personal antagonism by the local Kim Jong-Un and nothing to do with patient care) any cries for help were ignored by the BME "leaders"
    It is time BME colleagues realise that they are not the only ones who suffer discrimination and work jointly with all who suffer from it.



  • GPs who dole out sugar water give our critics a free pass

    sceptic's comment 28 Apr 2018 12:09pm

    Taking into account that placebo effect may account for more than half of the efficacy of most "accepted" medicines, and that all prescription drugs have side effects, some more than others, one can see that on balance, homeopathic medication does not cause more harm than, let's say, drugs we use for depression, allergies, incontinence, insomnia and asthma - all known to cause dementia.
    Then why the homeopathy lynch mob? Obviously because homeopathy medicines are produced by the little guys. Should the big pharmas decide to enter the market, suddenly we will be overwhelmed with articles by the Sirs and the Dames and the Leaders, celebrating “drug diversity” and “alternative medicine.”
    Disclaimer. I have never prescribed or suggested homeopathic medication.

  • GMC to ask why BME doctors face more complaints than white colleagues

    sceptic's comment 23 Apr 2018 12:06pm

    There are some issued here.
    The race relations' agency's definition reads:
    BME – Black and Minority Ethnic is the terminology used in the UK to describe people of non-white descent.
    First, why is it "black" put separately? Why not "brown" and minority ethnic? Are people classified as "black" happy to be singled out?
    Second, Are Mediterranean doctors included? (North Africa, Middle East, Southern Europe)
    Third, Central and Western Europe doctors are classified as "white" but there are several examples showing that they also suffer discrimination. Why are they excluded from protection?
    I do hope that PULSE will be brave enough to discuss the matter openly, otherwise doctors who do not belong officially to BEM are discriminated against - in the name of... "tackling discrimination"!





  • Fighting the fight

    sceptic's comment 07 Apr 2018 10:58am

    Jaimie, Congratulations.
    Looking back at your work over the years, I can safely say that PULSE is in good hands. You have shown a genuine commitment to general practice and empathy with out plight. Above all, you have kept clear of snowflake politics. I'll start reading your periodical again. I wish you every success.

  • NHS has lost 10,000 EU staff since Brexit vote

    sceptic's comment 22 Sep 2017 6:08pm

    How many have come in from EU and non-EU?
    I gave up reading the Guardian and listening to the BBC, but I'll continue with the "learning" section of this periodical, strictly.
    Apropos, is Vince that elderly chap, the wannabe PM? (he's only short of 365 seats)

  • GP partners will have to foot half of overdue premises bill, says minister

    sceptic's comment 19 Sep 2017 11:50am

    Divide and rule,
    Those who OWN the premises think they are sitting pretty, watching unconcerned those whose premises are owned by the Government/DH/NHS Property Services. They don't realise that once the principle of reimbursement is compromised, THEY ARE NEXT.
    Meanwhile, back at the serene atmosphere of Tavistock Square, our "leaders" are preparing their speeches "...humbled and honoured to receive my OBE, CBE, KBE..."

  • GP practices owe over £90m in premises fees, NHS Property Services claims

    sceptic's comment 18 Sep 2017 11:03am

    Vital date are missing from this article.
    1. The Conservatives are planning to sell off NHS property by implementing the Naylor Review (March 2017).
    2. The basic message of the Naylor Review is that some NHS assets should be sold in order to improve the rest.
    3. Robert Naylor, former head of UCLH, was asked to “develop a new NHS estate strategy”. The “estate” is the land and buildings owned by the health service and it is worth tens of billions of pounds.
    4. NHS Property Services, a company owned by DH, was created in order to implement this decision (Theresa May Spectator interview, 22 May 2017).
    5. Part of the "estate" are the "premises" in this article.

    It is now perfectly obvious that NHS PS are charging GPs exorbitant fees to force them out into cheaper accommodation, thus leaving the premises to property developers.

    I presume our "leaders" are familiar with these facts.

  • DH urges BMA to 'consider detrimental impact' of mass GP list closures

    sceptic's comment 07 Sep 2017 11:47am

    It's amazing that doctors are attacking the Department of Health and let the real culprits off the hook. A grinning Jeremy Hunt has just scored a world record, FIVE years Health Secretary. He and his sidekicks, NHS England mandarins, are paid to privatise the NHS and they are earning their money. On the other hand, we pay BMA and LMCs (is it true? Londonwide hits £5,000,000 pa?) to protect it. They have failed spectacularly. And not only we carry on maintaining them in the style they are accustomed, but we also attack the DoH for doing their job.
    There is only one way to save General Practice. Tell BMA and LMC: "Do your job properly or we stop paying you."

  • GPs submit vote of 'no confidence' in CCGs

    sceptic's comment 15 Aug 2017 11:49am

    Plus DrDr's 100k makes a total DEFICIT of £260,000.
    How, When and Who is going to clear it?
    The current Governing Bodies and Trust managers who created this phenomenal deficit in the first place?
    Interesting to know the management budgets of these organisations I did try to look them up, but failed. Perhaps Carolyn could investigate and tell us what the annual salaries of those managers and GPs are.

  • GPs forced to get approval before referring patients to hospital

    sceptic's comment 11 Aug 2017 1:40pm

    Lost as to what the fuss is all about. Triaging, patient management, patient flow and you name it have been around for ages. I was part of the scrutinising team of our old PCT and, as 11.03 observed, most letters were reasonable and well written. Nevertheless, the authors of a considerable number of referrals would have serious issues if the GMC got hold of them.
    The experiment was successful in improving quality (referring GPs knew that a colleague would check and became more careful) and in reducing unnecessary referrals (thus saving money).
    The sting in the tail was that a cash-starved local hospital was put at risk by seeing its revenue significantly reduced, powers from on high interceded and the service was terminated.
    In conclusion: Is the local hospital financially robust to take the hit?

  • Negativity in general practice 'is worst I’ve known', says RCGP chair

    sceptic's comment 07 Aug 2017 11:40am

    Dear Chair,
    "The THUTH, the whole TRUTH and nothing but the TRUTH" is the basis of HONEST dealings.
    If you did say: "if GPs do need to vent their frustrations, they should do so only when in the company of senior colleagues," then you expect GPs to withhold the truth from their juniors and in effect lure them into a fool's paradise.
    Then, unfounded NEGATIVITY - a well established characteristic of several psychiatric conditions. I presume RCGP is currently preparing (with the help of PULSE-Learning) "Ten Tips to Conquer Negative Thinking" with a 3-hr CPD credit, which will help us enormously to hit impossible targets and meet meteoric indemnity fees.
    I remain your ...etc etc

  • Large number of CCGs crack down on OTC prescribing ahead of national consultation

    sceptic's comment 26 Jul 2017 10:47am

    Apparently, the Government has allowed a staggering 88% of the population NOT to pay prescription charges:
    http://www.politics.co.uk/reference/nhs-prescription-charges

    They now regret their decision and they force us to retrieve the money for them, assisted by our elite colleagues sitting on CCG Governing Bodies.
    Pending guidance from RCGP and BMA "leaders" I totally ignore the ban.

  • Dr Richard Vautrey elected GPC chair

    sceptic's comment 22 Jul 2017 11:20am

    'I am truly humbled and honoured to be elected as..."(add appropriate appointment).
    Wherefrom do they all copy/paste this insincere opening line?

    Also to be repeated upon receiving the CBE, or is it KBE?

  • GPs set to be banned from prescribing homeopathy

    sceptic's comment 22 Jul 2017 10:40am

    GP Partner/Principal21 Jul 2017 1:49pm.
    A bit confusing
    Does that apply also to:

    Prisoners on Release
    The Patient or his/her Partner is getting Pension Credit Guarantee Credit (PCGC)
    Universal Credit (UC)
    People Receiving Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
    The Patient or his/her Partner is receiving Income Support (IS)
    The patient or his/her Partner is entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS Tax Credit (TC) Exemption Certificate
    Anyone on a low income can apply to get this certificate.
    Patients who have a valid Maternity Exemption Certificate
     a permanent fistula (for example, caecostomy, colostomy, laryngostomy or ileostomy) which needs continuous surgical dressing or an appliance
     a form of hypoadrenalism (for example, Addison’s Disease) for which specific substitution therapy is essential
     diabetes insipidus and other forms of hypopituitarism
     diabetes mellitus, except where treatment is by diet alone
     hypoparathyroidism
     myasthenia gravis
     myxoedema (that is, hypothyroidism which needs thyroid hormone replacement)
     epilepsy which needs continuous anticonvulsive therapy
     a continuing physical disability which means you cannot go out without the help of another person
     cancer

    and the 88% of the population who do not pay prescription charges?
    http://www.politics.co.uk/reference/nhs-prescription-charges

  • GPs told they have to switch IT system complain of CCG ‘coercion’

    sceptic's comment 18 Jul 2017 11:18am

    @ScottishGP | GP Partner/Principal17 Jul 2017 7:41pm
    Absolutely right. When we wanted to move from Vision to Emis PCT/CCG objected. It emerged that local health authorities (by whatever name) decide not on performance of provider or wishes of GPs but on finances.
    This article has opened a big can of worms.

  • The RCGP must learn to put its members first

    sceptic's comment 13 Jul 2017 12:09pm

    This is about a photo I haven't seen, a meeting I haven't heard of and a topic I know nothing about. If the punchline is that RCGP should consider its membership's welfare more than its Board's, then, who said that romanticism is dead.
    To hazard a guess, the topic was whether a KBE was more appropriate than the traditional CBE for our "leaders".

  • Two candidates confirmed in running for top GP negotiating post

    sceptic's comment 10 Jul 2017 11:33am

    Both a safe pair of hands for the Medical Establishment, ticking the RCGP, LMC and BMA boxes.
    Both qualifying for PULSE's pantheon of "influential GPs" and "inspirational leaders" and both eventually rewarded with a CBE or a KBE for "services to General Practice"
    Quite depressing really for the rest of us, wretched mortals.

  • Hospital in mass takeover of GP practices will soon have 70k patient list

    sceptic's comment 28 Jun 2017 9:37pm

    Look at the bright side. If all GPs become Trust's employees, there will be no need to have a CCG, saving millions for the NHS, or an LMC, saving hundreds of thousands for the GPs. Quite tempting really, if nothing else to bring back to the front line our remote "leaders" currently impersonating commissioners and guardians of the profession.