Really don't know why I bothered doing a degree in medicine. It is pretty much worthless, or will be soon. Sad that it's other GPs contributing to these decisions.
To medical student 1.20pm - too right. And what an utterly spineless response from Richard Vautrey
Of course - go straight to addictive opiates with massive side effects, why didn't I think if that! With a 3-4 month wait for Physio, no access to osteopaths/chiropractors, there should be plenty of time to establish addictions to occupy the time of local drug and alcohol services and of course GPs, as we have nothing to do. I frequently wonder why I completed a medical degree, I should just have read the Daily Mail and joined NICE.
Anonymous of 9.38: I too am a GP over 50 and am far from 'alright jack' in attitude. This is utter capitulation as it always is from GPC and BMA. We have become the cesspit of the public sector whereby everything that everybody else 'does not have the capacity' to deal with is shovelled in on top of us. Federations are simply methods of transferring management costs to our pockets. The GPCs agreement to further promote this arrangement when most of us jobbing GPs know there will be no increase in funding to cover this is sickening but typical. Government aim is salaried GP service but with expectation of partner commitment, and sadly for us since we have consciences regrading patient care and families to support we will probably end up being pushed along that road.
Don't refer, don't admit, don't prescribe, don't investigate. But still diagnose absolutely everything at first consultation within 10 minutes, if you have that long. No problem....
Furious GPC negotiator predicts revalidation 'revolt' as GPs spend more than 40 hours preparing for appraisals
I have spent 4 days of some desperately needed time off, as well as previous evenings etc, to do this damn thing. I am fed up of being portrayed by all media as a money-grabbing, mass-murdering, lazy, incompetent, wholly-responsible-for-the-terrible-state-of-the-NHS GP. Revalidation will not change this and makes little difference my competence, it simply winds me up more so I wish I was in a position to retire much earlier than I can. I agree with previous comments: grass roots GPs need to be listened to and more vocally supported by the GPC to deliver a much more appropriate revalidation process
this could work very well, as long as community services such as district nursing, and social services are funded/managed well enough to support this. If they aren't the burden on GPs will increase and patients will still not get the most appropriate care. If they are, it'll be really good to get back the cross-communication and cooperation which seems to have decreased over the years
A 'fundamental change' would be for us not to be politicians' puppets and scapegoats. James Naughtie clearly knew something when he mispronounced your name Mr Hunt...
Well heaven forbid that the government should actually fund primary care appropriately, or that the GPC should push for this. And they wonder why we are 10000 GPs short..
So it's now official that we are to place defensive medicine over and above patient care. Nice one, NICE.