Agree completely with the above comments. Yes there are a few patients who are very deserving and do not qualify for the benefits but the few are very heavily outweighed by the many who would be perfectly able to work but choose not to. As the patients gp it is difficult to refuse when people ask for a sick note particularly as there is no longer an option to 'tip off' the dss that you believe the patient is 'pulling a fast one' without the patient finding out. Better that the decision is taken away from GPs completely.
I see of course that the RCGP has decided to not side with the GP`s decision on this issue :
Of all the political promises so far that`s the most ridiculous pack of lies of the lot !
Labour will have such a high tax rate the pensions problems will be dwarfed out of significance because it will not pay any GP to work more than a couple of days a week anyway.
Even if they do, they will not want to as they will no longer be able to pass what they earn to their children because of Labours proposed maximum £125000 limit to inheritance.
This article sums up perfectly how being a gp in the nhs is made ever more difficult in so many ways by those on high. Excellent article. The first paragraph paints the picture exactly. Well said.
What are the bma doing getting involved in political arguments like this ? It is supposed to be standing up for doctors not taking political stands on other issues.
If it does still insist on declaring a , 'climate emergency', It should be taking steps to get the medical profession to improve access to birth control and encouraging people not to breed. It is people having too many children that are causing the planet to run out of resources. This is the aspect that doctors could actually do the most about so if they want to say anything the should be campaigning for doctors to stop people having children.
Ridiculous. They should never have reduced subscriptions in the first place. Knowing I would retire early I called them attempting to continue paying the old higher rate including run off cover, but they refused. No run off cover available.
Now having taken early retirement I am told I cannot pay a one off sum to discharge my liabilities for run off cover but have to wait and see what they want me to pay them ( they don't know yet) every year for run off cover and have to continue paying it for as many years as they say. Goodbye pension.
Doctordog .. Just get your receptionists to ask them when they book the appointment and put it on the screen. It has improved our work no end now we can plan ahead, read relevant letters and results etc before calling the patients in.
RCGP/Helen. Stop making us waste so much time doing appraisals and we will have more time to see our patients.
Helen Stokes Lampard and the like should not take sides in this debate.
Many of my patients voted to leave because, for example, they could not get housing to live in or appointments to see the GP because they were taken up by Eastern Europeans.
Their democratic decision to leave is what is being overturned by the 'establishment'.
Yes, GP`s should of course engage in politics and be free to state their own personal opinions, but they should not make political declarations on behalf of other Doctors.
This year's qof requires we audit and take people off nsaids so with this, that leaves us with .. Paracetamol .. To offer. Easy for the pen pushers to say what we must not do .. What alternatives do they advise ?
The people who voted him in voted Conservative, they did not vote for a libdem MP.
We no longer live in a democratic country.
Votes are ignored and overruled which is very sad.
Scrap Appraisal or make it once every 5 years and some of us who are about to leave might be willing/permitted to do a few sessions a week to help out for a while before they gently close the door behind them for good.
At the moment, the door is slammed shut and locked so you can`t get back in if you don`t go through all the rigmarole of Appraisal.
How many GP`s, particularly single handed ones needing that "half day" to catch up will simply say "To h++ll with this" and quit and hand back their contracts. Far less, not more appointments.
Of course destroying single handed GPs is all in the plan from on high but that is yet more appointments lost.
If you want more appointments, change or scrap appraisal, I`m leaving for good in 6 weeks time at 54 because I can`t face another appraisal.
My last appraisal was such a pile of hassle to do, I decided to give up and retire, at 54 when my next appraisal is due in 3 Months time. The local appraisal team for NHS England lost no time in telling me i had to immediately fill in a form to take myself off the performers list on the expiry of my appraisal. Once I am off it, I know I would face a mountain of paperwork to be able to get back on it. Were it not for this I am sure I would come back and do a few sessions a week at least; but this option is not now there. What is the point of seeking foreign GP`s or other new GPs when the system actively promotes experienced GPs to leave. Once every 56 years perhaps would be more appropriate. Many more patients will die through not being able to see a GP because there are none left than because of another Shipman. ( who we all know would have sailed through) .
Agree completely with Tony. It's all very well for those in the ivory towers to come up with this stuff but it will lower not increase the quality of care as it will drive more GPs out of the system. Trying to provide a Rolls Royce taxi service when you only own a Morris Minor. If there were enough GPs with enough time yes, this would be great, but there are not.
I forgot to say, for that extra 3 weeks work beyond appraisal renewal date I of course had to submit another form and get it signed off by the central paper pusher department.
Appraisal was a major factor in me quitting general practice in 3 months time at 54. I spent months sorting out the patient questionnaire last time, scoring good results but the hassle of it all was ridiculous. Agree every three years would not be so bad. No coincidence I am quitting exactly a year after my last appraisal so I don't have to do another one. The red tape pusher at the Ccg insisted I fill in my form to be taken off the performers list at the anniversary of my last appraisal ( plus a grace period of a few weeks) so that will be such a hassle to get back onto again that's a loss of another gp who otherwise would have probably continued doing a couple of days a week. Only one emotion was ever evoked by appraisal. Anger.
Scrap or radically change appraisal revalidation and cqc and fix the pensions. Had this been done I would not be retiring in 3 Months at 54. Once i`ve gone, revalidation and paperwork will stop me coming back.
I am shortly due my huge bil from mdu to cover historic liability when I take early retirement. I tried to get them to keep me on on the old system when they changed it but they insisted I change to their new one with its huge ongoing bill for taking early retirement. Maybe they are in league with government to help prevent GPS retiring early !