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European GPs must be seriously in the mierda

The grass is always greener, isn’t it? No, apparently not. According to a survey of 768 European doctors, British GPs are the most chipper of the lot: half of us, it seems, are optimistic about the future and we feel relatively unencumbered by third party scrutiny.

The grass is always greener, isn't it? No, apparently not. According to a survey of 768 European doctors, British GPs are the most chipper of the lot: half of us, it seems, are optimistic about the future and we feel relatively unencumbered by third party scrutiny.



Whereas our continental comrades view their lives in primary care as a piece of merde, scheisse, mierda etc.

Blimey. Either GP life outside these shores really is like a scene from a Hieronymus Bosch painting, with suppositories. Or they asked the wrong 87 UK GPs.

Eighty seven, say, who run around in slow-motion-soft focus, holding hands with patients and wearing an ‘I will save you' expression, and can say ‘homeopathy' with a straight face.

Then there's the rest of us, who I really don't think are ‘Generally positive about the direction of medicine'.

No. Because we're looking forward to a year of fragmented and homogenised care, draconian performance review, reassignment of the responsibility out-of-hours, involvement in mind numbingly tedious CV screening, pay freezes, guidelines, revalidation, competiton and continued media bashing, all to the backdrop of increasing patient demands, a ridiculous choice agenda and politicians gratuitously giving us a good kicking.

I can't wait! To get out!

Copperfield blog

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