another last man standing
It certainly is a tragic waste of a caring doctor who, like us all, had her known frailties. It is more tragic that she didn't feel confident enough to confide in her colleagues. That being said it's fine to apparently be seen to be supportive but when it comes to it then the NIMBY syndrome suddenly applies! Thankfully there are occasional exceptions to that rule. We don't look after our own enough because no one else will and I speak from personal experience and am now better being a 'normal ' patient when the need arises. Oh yes! I was only a GP for 39 years before retiring so I'm probably not classified as human yet!
Why start to look at this imminent shortfall now?after all, they've only had about 10 years warning of what is about to happen! It makes me feel that my 35+ years as a GP were totally wasted.
It seems too little too late and after tax seems a bit insulting. Thank goodness I retired a few weeks ago after 42 years in the NHS but will there be anyone there for me should I have the misfortune to get ill?
Oh joy unconfined at his re-appointment! Aren't I the lucky one having retired from practice 2 weeks ago after 42 years in the NHS. I've no intention of ever picking up a stethoscope again which is tragic but feel sorry for you all left/trapped in the system. Good luck to you all
Sorry folks! I'm finally leaving/retiring tomorrow after 42 years in the NHS; Lucky that the Practice is being taken over by a slightly bigger concern but no new doctors so when I go it will be another fte gone. There is always a catch! I've agreed to locum at my Practice for the next 4 weeks so that there can be a seemless transfer of responsibility to the new incomers. There were no takers for my single-handed remote Practice so I feel fortunate that, at least, someone was willing to take a chance. Au revoir my peers/colleagues!
Understandable latest figures? Get trained as a GP so you can get out to a better working place/country asap. I'm sure the role of the junior doctor (12.26pm) isn't great anymore but at least you don't do 120 hours on call per week when I was a houseman (but it was great then!)
When will any politician openly admit how unattractive any career in the public services is now which, of course, includes healthcare. Is it any wonder such a career doesn't appeal to people anymore?
Sorry to leave you folks as retiring in 3 weeks time after working for the NHS for the last 42 years. I hope that PULSE will still allow me to make appropriate or inappropriate comments!
Great news indeed!! Just what we wanted to look forward to as if we haven't got enough workforce problems!! So we can look forward to an even more shrunken workforce expected to do more work than before? I weep in anticipation.
It's not such a surprise when it appears that most politicians appear to be lacking in most basic skills anyway!!
Of course this latest information is certainly going to attract more into general practice!! Not!! A shrinking full-time workforce and less money!! How attractive!! And I proudly still wear my gold medal awarded for cynicism at the last Olympic Games!!
There is no easy 'plan B'; of course after all us GPs are gone who are the politicians then going to blame for what the shortfalls were of the now extinct NHS?
If I can plagiarize a line (which almost sounds prophetic) from the Eagles song 'Long road out of Eden' :"All the knowledge in the world is no use to fools".
I'll be 65 in a few weeks time and retiring just afterwards having done 33 years as a single-handed GP in a remote practice and now I feel @done'. So why do I feel so guilty about leaving the sinking ship HMS NHS?
As a parting question "who will be there to care for my medical needs in old age assuming I get to an old age?"
Is that what Brexit is all about because I've been wondering? If we're not controlled by Brussels then the EU working time directive can't be imposed on the UK. The conditions of the working time directive sound like a dream to me who works 70 hours in a good week and up to 90 hours in a bad week (you know catching up with things at night and week ends apart from direct patient consultations etc.) but I suppose that the politicians perceive me as a 'lazy' GP. I admit that I'm very weary and likely more than all the patients who see me because they are TATT.
of course the PM should apologise..... but she wont!! When has a politician ever apologised apart from possibly as they take their 'golden goodbye' as they jump ship or are pushed?
words like 'flog', 'dead' and 'horse' spring to mind! Have you ever tried to get a positive response from a dead or dying horse just by tempting him/her with a bag of oats (or £20,000 as an alternative).
Dear Medical Student, What is it that you find so patronising? If you have already seen the light and realise that NHS medicine isn't the utopian dream that you hoped for then good for you. If, however, you are a bright-eyed, bushy tailed optimist who has barely entered the 'real' medical system then I would like to hear from you in 10 years time and see if you still feel the same (but in fact I'll give you 5 years maximum).
kind regards from a single handed GP who has been working for the NHS for 42 years, but not for much longer mercifully!
Presumably one of the entry requirements to UK Medical Schools now is that candidates must be wearing rose tinted spectacles ( or if they haven't got any then they will be issued to them immediately on entry to Medical School)!
I don't believe these figures either! Government bodies have a habit of manipulating figures to suit themselves! Could it be that there are are no more GPs left in primary care to retire anyway! However I'll be retiring in the next 6 months so they can add one more to those figures!
Doesn't the headline 'Managers in crisis talks' say it all. A bit (or alot) less talk and alot more action would be more appropriate.It's not as if the powers that be haven't had enough warning about impending crises.
And before anyone criticises me I'm 64 and have been single-handed for the last 32 years. Must be last man standing or possibly in need of a psychiatric assessment because I carried on for so long!However the finish line is in 6 months assuming that the Grim Reaper doesn't get to me first!
Why are GPs retiring early? Could it be (to coin a military expression) that General Practice has been well and truly 'FUBAR'd'. Look it up or if you can't it means F----d Up Beyond All Recognition! Need I say more and no need to be anonymous!
And sadly we've heard it all before. I seem to recall that our 1990 contract was imposed on us GPs as the then government informed us that we could vote on the 'new'contract (which we did) but it was going to be imposed on us anyway(which it was);
I don't really know anymore how to deal with any Health Secretary/Minister as they all behave like the school bully.
At age 63 years I'm so near the finish line that it won't be my problem. Sorry to those who will have to deal with future matters concerning the NHS (if it still exists).