Don't blame GP partners for greed – we take all the risks
In defence of GP partners, I am in a partnership that believes in having partners rather than salaried doctors.
Yet in spite of being in a good area, having a good income, a good atmosphere, being paperlight and no on-call for years (we paid heavily for this prior to the GMS contract), we have had very little success in attracting quality replies to our advertisements for partnership vacancies both before and since the new contract.
In fact, we found both our new partners through other channels.
We had found one who we thought ideal through advertising but when the practice this GP was working at heard this, they offered a partnership. In your story you said: 'For any salaried GP looking to become a partner, it is a familiar problem: too many doctors chasing too few jobs.'
Yet when we advertised in 2003/4 and last year, the number of inquiries – let alone applications – was almost as low as in the black days of the Red Book.
Non-principals often seem to want it both ways – the income of principals without the obligations and risks.
Don't always blame the 'greed' of established partners.
From Dr Mary Hawking, Dunstable, Bedfordshire