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Congratulations to the RCGP - for once you've left me speechless

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Congratulations to the RCGP on its proposed ‘wellbeing packs’ for members aimed at boosting frontline GP morale. Not on the pack itself, which is clearly the spawn of Satan, but on the fact that for the first time I can remember, I am utterly stumped for something to say. Because, while I do like to rip the piss out of things, the sad truth is that the bald facts of this story are far more hilarious than I anything I could ever dream up. In short, I am defeated.

I can’t speak anymore

To summarise: this tonic for the troops will include a bag of chocolate coins, some tea bags, a mindfulness colouring book and a ‘gratitude journal’, which is for us to write down things that we are grateful for.

I realise, even as I write these words, that I might well be the victim of some elaborate joke, and that therefore, I am making myself look a complete tit. But the story is presented with absolutely no irony whatsoever, and I find myself thinking, yes, that’s exactly the sort of thing the College would do. And I can’t speak anymore.

Oh, other than to say this: arsey GP, you have let me down time and time again by being so utterly detached from reality, so utterly lacking in the ability to connect with the grassroots, so utterly predictable and fluffy and awful and nauseating and misguided and patronising and so utterly brilliant in making another little bit of me die every time you try to invigorate us. This idea is simply the final turd on top of one really massive crock of shit, which is maybe why I’ve completed my colouring book completely in brown.

I note, however, that it’s only officially ‘under consideration’, which implies you’re requesting feedback. That’ll be a ‘No’, then.

Dr Tony Copperfield is a GP in Essex. You can follow him on Twitter @DocCopperfield

 

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  • Hear Hear RCGP.

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  • This is hilarious, a brilliant response.
    'so utterly detached from reality, so utterly lacking in the ability to connect with the grassroots, so utterly predictable and fluffy and awful and nauseating and misguided and patronising' ....never a truer word said

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  • The books look nice in the picture, kind of funereal....

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  • So the RCGP elite crayons, whilst General Practice burns.

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  • To be fair to the RCGP, they have clearly said they do not expect these wellbeing packs to solve any of the problems GPs face. While it's understandable to howl with rage at the cruel and unfair way all GP practices are being allowed to fail, I think the RCGP are trying to help people to look after themselves. They won't be the answer for everyone, but I can see for some people these tools will be useful.

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  • NHS manager 1.02pm the RCGP (or arsey GP as per Dr Copperfield above........which I have to say is more appropriate) Is presumably using membership fees to pay for this ridiculous initiative. As a GP trainer it is mandatory for me to pay my annual fee, which is hard enough to stomach without knowing that I and everyone else who has to pay too (I can't believe there are many who CHOOSE to pay membership fees) is contributing to this madcap scheme.
    I am planning to write a line or two in my gratitude journal to say how grateful I am for copperfield! You brighten my days immensely with your observations on the state of GP so perhaps the arsey GP need to include a book of your blogs to cheer everyone up!b

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  • PS to the 1.18 post..... Dear Dr Copperfield, if you really feel defeated perhaps a session with the crayons and colouring book will make you feel better. Certainly a cup of tea should help, and don't forget chocolate tends to make people happy too. And don't forget to write down how grateful you are for my helpful advice....

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  • My granny used to say. 'If you can't think of anything nice to say, say nothing.'

    My response to this RCGP initiative is, therefore, baleful silence. In reality, I may let out the occasional whimper.

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  • Duhh

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  • If I needed any reason to stop my RCGP subscription, which I have long been contemplating, this is it.

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Dr Tony Copperfield is a jobbing GP in Essex with more than a few chips on his shoulder