Anonymous 10:51 - How do you find out what a patient wants until he/she is in your consulting room? A patient with multiple medical problems may have a new request/problem that takes 2-3 mins, a patient with no medical problems may have multiple requests which are all pertinent to his problem. I think 1 use to use 2 x 15mins and 3 x 10mins per hour and that usually sorted things out.
Medical Students who joined the armed services get £10,000/yr and £45,000 lump sum on completion.
Does Mr Hunt mean to do the same for those that go into the NHS?
EX Ft Lt Pilot and GP
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Out of Europe! Now watch the removal of the European Working Time Directive. This will the only way Mr Hunt would be able to get a 7/7 NHS, that's if any doctor is fool enough to work under these conditions.
Perhaps those Medical School Deans who are trashing General Practice might like to volunteer to do a month's locus at an inner city practice in a deprived area and see how they cope. Most consultants wouldn't survive a week in General Practice.
So the Government is saying that non eligible patients have to pay for hospital treatment but not for GP treatment. The Government therefore appear to be saying you are not worth paying even though you have done a fair amount of work for these patients and written a private prescription for which GPs cannot charge. Gps might as well direct all non eligible patients straight to the local hospital. Why work for nothing.
Surely one way out of this task is to register all your staff as patients and then under the data protection act you can only give information concerning them if they have each given a signed agreement.
8:44pm: I forgot to say "Ignorant non-entity".
As Niall Dickson has no front line or indeed any other experience of medicine how dare he presume to tell GPs to toughen up. I bet he's never worked the hours that most GPs work and certainly not the hours we worked as House Officers and on our GP Training rotations (1:2 rota = 126hrs/week). Incidentally being paid at the huge overtime rate of 1/3 of basic rate per hour after the first 70 hrs.
He should resign as he is such a divisive force and this should be immediate. Talented doctors are leaving the country and the profession in droves because of non-entities like him.
What was the name of the idiot at the CQC who is quoted? Surely the reason for few complaints to GPs is that they are all doing there job well unlike those idiots at the CQC.
I thought the Data Protection Act 1990 stated that one needed the signed permission of the patient or their guardian before disclosing the contents of medical records to a 3rd party??
Do they expect GPs to join MI5? I know they are short of recruits.
Welcome to "1984"
Our household has definitely not received one either!
NHS England insists GP practices remaining fully open on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve is 'non-negotiable'
Practices will not be able to deliver a full range of services as Secondary Care Departments and such services in the Community which GPs use during the normal days will be shut as usual by 16.00hrs and I expect all the managers at NHS England will be unavailable from 12.00Hrs.
So will Practices fall foul of the draconian edict from NHS England in the above scenario, through no fault of their own?
My bet is that most Practices will as usual at this time of year have very few patients turning up after 14.00hrs.
The 44% increase is meaningless, especially if the number of referrals the previous year was only a small number ie. 50, then the increase was only 22 referrals.
I wish bureaucrats would use collected data correctly by stating a ballpark figure then stating the the percentage increase.
Sorry Anonymous10:52pm - it works out to £1.18/hour!
In 2004 the Labour Government said we could opt out of OOH if we forfeited £6600 per year. This equates for a 12 hour OOH shift for 365/1year to £1.50/hour. This just 25% of the hourly rate for Minimum Rate Pay!
Do you know any other profession who would except these rates?
To anonymous 08.55.
Pilots do not have to pay for their assessment, the firms they work for do this. Nor does it take hours of unpaid work to prepare for this assessment. They are also only checked out on the type of plane they are currently flying, not the 10+ specialities we have to be knowledgable in. They are also limited the the max hours they can work in any one week is 30 hours and 100 hrs per 30 days.
Looks rather like part time work compared with the hours a GP works.
I used to fly in the RAF and certainly know that I worked far more hours as a GP.
It's a pity so many of the comments against General Practice are anonymous. Why are they afraid to be recognised and in what specialty do they work? Are they all doctors?
If you believe it what you say then identify yourselves.