Choose and Book 'will make GPs' lives easier, not harder'
Dr Vanessa Doel is a hero. She is the kind of GP every patient would wish for. Yet her tale of how she has to cope with a list of 6,000 patients is tragic. It also shows in graphic detail the real problems facing thousands of GPs. The endless, ridiculous bureaucracy. The mountains of paperwork. The difficulty achieving a life outside work. Most vividly, Dr Doel's plight exposes the Government's lie that the workforce crisis is easing. For many practices, finding a new partner is akin to finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Even finding a locum is nigh on impossible.
GP morale may have lifted from the rock bottom pre-contract levels (page 7), but it is still bad. And the omens for the future are ominous. Workload is rising, not easing. GP numbers are crawling up. And the Government is pushing more work on to GPs without giving them the resources to do it.
Dr Doel demonstrates how much GPs can cope with. But they cannot, and will not, do it forever.