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  • 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.

  • Defence organisation launches campaign to bring down GP indemnity costs

    sceptic's comment 23 Jun 2017 12:08pm

    Nevertheless, not everybody is a loser:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/23/bosses-of-unions-defending-doctors-accused-of-negligence-paid-al/

  • #GPnews: New annual cholesterol-lowering jab 'could replace statins'

    sceptic's comment 20 Jun 2017 10:49am

    Loaded with a good supply of Orlistat, sticking a nicotine patch and a good selection of Vapor Cigas and Vape Pens in the pocket, they start their daily round with a Big Mac, moving on to Starbucks for a Venti signature hot chocolate with whipped cream + whole milk and a carrot cake. Time for luncheon at the Bull and Mouth washed down with a couple a pints.
    3.20pm, time for their health check at the GP surgery and their miraculous anti-cholesterol jab to cover them until time comes for bariatric surgery. Long Live the NHS, that meets the needs of everyone, FREE at the point of delivery.

  • Pulse panel: Guidelines or tramlines?

    sceptic's comment 12 Jun 2017 11:57am

    Here it is for those not that long in the tooth:
    * Dramatic drop of standards, thanks to brain drain and a RCGP that has forgotten Education and deals chiefly with Politics.
    * Referrals and drug budgets zoom
    * Desperate situations need desperate measure - NICE is born
    * "Treat patients as individuals" is out and "One size fits all" is in - GUIDELINES are born
    * Guidelines replace medical schools and they are here to stay, unless the process is reversed, but we are not holding our breath.

    As for the noble idea of replacing Guidelines with Information, the question is: Who provides the information? Pulse and its medical adviser?

  • GP numbers have decreased in first year of NHS rescue package

    sceptic's comment 23 May 2017 11:44am

    As clear as mud.
    But let's accept that there has been a decrease in the number of FTE GPs. Could NHS Digital please help us to track down our missing colleagues, starting with:
    How many are sitting comfortably at CCG governing body tables?
    How many "represent" us at LMCs?
    How many have become medical directors for Health Education England?
    How many have joined DH & NHSE and their "agencies"?
    How many choose to give pointless advice to patients (if you eat less) from Public Health England and H&W Boards platforms?

    For more on "missing GPs' read the Peverley classic:
    http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/views/blogs/peverley/mr-hunt-i-know-where-your-5000-extra-gps-are/20033907.blog

  • Local GP leaders demand apology from BMA over 'failure' of rescue package

    sceptic's comment 03 May 2017 5:13pm

    I see. It's the BMA's fault and nothing to do with the LMCs.
    In which case why are GP FORCED BY LAW to maintain them?
    Take London for example. They deduct at source £0.5384 per patient. For a Greater London population of 8,539,000 that gives them an annual income of £4,597,397. For this, London LMCs are telling practices that "they would secure the future of general practice in London through our work with all partners in the health and social care sector and beyond"
    At least with the BMA, GPs can decide whether they wish to subscribe or not. With the LMCs, GPs have no choice.
    Isn't it time PULSE contacts a survey among London GPs to see if they feel that they are getting value for money? Especially as they now propose to increase the levy to £0.5778 per patient, increasing their income to just under £5,000,000 per annum.
    Maybe my figures are wrong, in which case, I would welcome a correction from London LMCs and happy to apologise.

  • RCGP chair denies suggesting GP partnership model is 'unfit for purpose'

    sceptic's comment 19 Apr 2017 11:05am

    Once upon a time RCGP was purely an educational establishment, ensuring quality standards in general practice. It then became heavily politicised, trying to fill the gap left by the consultant-led BMA, but also promote its own interests and its directors'.
    The rest is history (this is a rather flat entry as my legal adviser has sat on it - braver colleagues may wish to enrich it).

  • GP workforce declines by over 400 in just three months

    sceptic's comment 30 Mar 2017 11:45am

    Any figures on Phil Peverley's 5,000 extra GPs GOVERNING the rest of us? http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/views/blogs/peverley

    They are not 5,400 now? Or, are they?!

  • Indemnity providers issue warnings over expected claims cost hike

    sceptic's comment 29 Mar 2017 12:16pm

    Dear Anonymous Doc 10.37am,

    May I add some additional beneficiaries to your absolutely correct comment.

    1. Top medical defence salaries rise by up to 45% as fees spiral
    http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/your-practice/practice-topics/legal/top-medical-defence-salaries-rise-by-up-to-45-as-fees-spiral/20032545.article
    2. Legions of lawyers working FOR defence unions. It suits them to see more and more "no win-no fee" colleagues feeding them with more and more claims and litigation.
    So, everybody is a winner, defence bosses, lawyers for the plaintiffs and lawyers for the defence.
    What about the doctors? Ah well, no problem there, we also pay RCGP, BMA and LMCs to look after us and they are doping a smashing job.

  • Vulnerable practices receiving £10k lump sums as NHS managers 'rush' out funding

    sceptic's comment 15 Mar 2017 5:45pm

    Is this tax free? Or, is it lumped into practice income so that the Treasury can claw back 40%? 45%

  • NHS chief hints at imminent major reorganisation to GP-led commissioning

    sceptic's comment 28 Feb 2017 12:21pm

    "history rewrites itself" Vinci Ho is right, but I'm afraid for the wrong reason.
    Those of us a bit long in the tooth, have learnt the basic principles of the NHS:
    * 90% of the NHS top brass are of hospital background (please look up NHS board)
    * they treat hospitals as the aristocracy and GPs as plebs
    * they siphon money from general practice to the hospitals (STP is their latest plot)
    * they install their placewomen/men at regional and local level (PCT CCG or whatever next) to neutralise any resistance from GPs
    * the governing body GPs rubberstamp the local commissars' decisions dictated to them by their bosses
    * LMCs, often staffed by CCG governing body GPs, countersign.

    But what about our trade union? Our college? That's another story.

  • Four in ten European GPs intend to leave the UK following Brexit

    sceptic's comment 23 Feb 2017 10:21am

    It was the most biased survey I have ever seen, packed with questions leading you to admit that "Brexit is awful" and "since Brexit my patients hate me".
    Even the Guardian wouldn't have drafted such a loaded survey. But even if it is true, let's have another survey to find out how many doctors from the Commonwealth will be coming to Britain after Brexit.

  • NSAIDs have ‘clinically unimportant’ effect on back pain

    sceptic's comment 06 Feb 2017 6:02pm

    @04 Feb 2017 12:16pm
    Following a spinal injury 12 years, I have found that Diclofenac is the only medication that relieves my intermittent back pain. Hundreds of patients also say the same.
    Why the big headlines then?
    The answer is in the authors' conclusion: "There is an urgent need to develop new analgesics for spinal pain."
    Don't be surprised folk if this magic pill is around the corner, for 10 times the price of Ibuprofen and 20 times the price of Aspirin.
    I've lost count how many times I've seen this scenario.

  • A call to arms - time for a new trade union?

    sceptic's comment 23 Jan 2017 11:35am

    It is an enigma to me that although we all acknowledge BMA's complacency, we are prepared to resign from the NHS but not from the BMA.
    Our union barons will carry on paying lip service and looking forward to their next gong for as long as we are prepared to foot the bill for their salaries, pensions and their Tavistock palatial offices.
    In Godfather Episode II, the following immortal words were uttered to an unco-operative producer: "What is going to be on the dotted line, your signature or your brains?" We can slightly paraphrase that to "Either you save general practice or we stop paying you."

  • NHS England widens £20m scheme to recruit GPs from EU despite Brexit

    sceptic's comment 18 Jan 2017 11:20am

    Interesting to see what will happen after those doctors join the GP pool.

    Will they stay with the practice, or will they join one of the myriad LOCUM agencies to make more money?

    In September 2016, there were the equivalent of about 9,000 more doctors working full-time for NHS England than in September 2010 (DH falsely claimed 11,500) and yet general practice has not seen the benefits from the new recruits. My guess is that the majority have become locums, or joined some cushy number as administrators, medical directors, governing bodies members and a few other non-clinical posts with handsome remuneration.

    Of course, when we are all locums run by GP aristocrats or agencies, these short-termist doctors will see their income halved and their workload doubles.
    You have been warned!

  • Calls for Theresa May to apologise for blaming GPs over A&E crisis

    sceptic's comment 16 Jan 2017 11:31am

    There is plenty more of the same to come from No 10 as Mrs May's new health adviser is Dr James Kent, a former junior doctor who left medicine to become management consultant. He has expressed his views on the NHS in several articles, easily accessible on the net.
    Perhaps, PULSE might consider seeking an interview with Dr Kent.

  • Retiring GPs could face up to £100,000 in 'hidden' property tax

    sceptic's comment 16 Jan 2017 11:17am

    For credibility, it would be better to have comments from BMA and LMC please.

  • GP contract negotiations delayed 'because of Brexit', says GPC

    sceptic's comment 10 Jan 2017 5:04pm

    "The unusually late conclusion of the annual GP contract negotiations is due to the UK’s vote to leave the EU, the GPC has told Pulse."
    Really? I thought it was Trump winning the election. Or, perhaps, Climate Change. No, no, it's demographic changes and the ageing population.
    For God's sake, are we actually contributing towards those people's pensions?


    Climate change

  • NHS plans set to pour £1.2bn into supporting general practice

    sceptic's comment 16 Dec 2016 11:40am

    From a long experience:
    1. A large proprtion will go to administration and CCG salaries
    2. A bigger chunk will go towards signing blank chequers to bankrupt local hospitals for artificial activity.
    3. What's left would be "offered" to practices AFTER setting impossible targets on referrals and prescribing.

    The great enigma to me has been why investigative journalists have never looked into where the money goes, starting from the individual salaries of CCG governing body members, varying from £80 k to £260+. All in the public domain under CCG Annual Accounts.

  • GPs want to remain independent but collaborate more, shows BMA survey

    sceptic's comment 13 Dec 2016 10:58am

    I did respond to the aforementioned survey and my comment was:
    A stream of leading questions herding the sheep (sorry, GPs) to give the answer the BMA barons want to hear. Survey null and void due to blatantly obvious bias.