Rural Africa has 'bare-foot doctors' - we are in danger of getting 'bare-arsed doctors'!
I'm heading to London to shout, "Plums!".
Freudian slip - "... reported the care.data programme as amber/ded"?
Some people just lack a sense of humour! Very witty article.
Nothing offered to stop the rush to early retirement/emigration.
Get out and get well soon, Phil! Best wishes for your future health and happiness.
The smoking and weight loss criteria will be successfully challenged. There is no way to ration healthcare when the politicians refuse even to consider the idea.
Revalidation - another thing that is hounding me into early retirement. (Hint, Niall, I won't be repeating your pointless paper exercise!).
They couldn't get the original polypill with simvastatin and atenolol off the ground and I don't see anything changing here. Using last century's medications to treat to out-of-date targets is never going to take off. Best stick to the flexibility of individual agents.
From my clinical experience the elderly should be treated because of their high CVD risk. However, some do not wish statins - Fine. Some react badly and have to be stopped - Fine. Most have no reactions and tolerate them - Also fine. Anecdotally, I do find that there is a higher proportion of side effects in the elderly.
There are no reliable statistics about statin side effects as about 80% of them (in the general population) are not statin side effects.
Excellent! Surpasses even your normal high quality!
"...And at the going down of the sun we will remember the NHS."
I like the vote blank idea, but at present even spoiled votes count for the total and add to the impression of an electorate participating in democracy. I am choosing NOT to vote. Nothing will change until the percentage of the population participating in this charade falls below 50%.
Loved it! Where can I buy one!
I agree with Kieran Kelly. This proposal is retrograde and downright insulting to GPs.
I agree with 2:54pm that it is irrelevant to look at (f)T3 in patients on thyroid replacement therapy - it is the TSH level that matters. However, if patients continue to be symptomatic, I am happy to increase the thyroxine dose even to levels that cause suppression of the TSH and monitor the patient's symptomatic response. Both TSH and (f)T4 levels stabilise slowly over weeks, but T3 has a short half-life and just complicates treatment and monitoring to no purpose.
Thanks for this. I laughed out loud.
So, is anyone thinking of talking to BUPA/Aviva or others to see what an insurance-backed private traditional GP service would look like? The public don't want what the government is offering and you would all like to offer a more 'professional' service than you are being allowed to do.
At the beginning I only gave Circle 3 years before they would pull out. I am feeling very smug today!
The new antibiotic 'super-drug' and the Prime Minister put on spot for claiming A&E is performing better than ever
Agree wholehearedly with John Glasspool! Politics needs a dose of restructuring like the NHS has had to suffer.