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GPs told they are worthless if they leave medicine

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GPs thinking about leaving medicine are warned they’ll end their days in a big yellow skip living off rain water and sympathy.

‘I wanted a career change,’ one GP told us, ‘I was really fed up and burnt out and with 2016 on the way I couldn’t face another year of it. And I was actually thinking about a fresh start.’

But society told him that without medicine he’d become a worthless pariah, mocked and despised by his former colleagues, ridiculed and shunned by his expensively-educated children, not to mention divorced by his partner. He was told his home would be auctioned off and he’d be forced to shelter under a shopping trolley on the edge of town, living off rainwater and road kill whilst wearing a bin-liner hat and sleeping on a barbed wire pillow with nothing but a faded family photo, a half-empty bottle of Frosty Jacks and a dead dog for company, praying for the rain to end, praying for the cold light of a dry-lipped dawn, praying for the silent succour of passers-by, whilst all the time wishing he’d just carried on being a GP.

‘So instead of that, my new year’s resolution for 2016 is to join the gym and finish a bit earlier on Wednesdays,’ says the GP 

Dr Kevin Hinkley is a GP in Edinburgh

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  • About sums up the fears we have of jumping ship. I left a partnerhsip and now locum, best decision I ever made.

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  • Sounds a bit negative to me. After I "retired" form my partnership in 2003 I spent the happiest time I have had in medicine as a locum for 3 years. In fairness I was cushioned by my pension but I mostly had more offers to work than I wanted to take up. No meetings, no guff from "managers", ignored anything from the HA or DoH. No pressure, controlled my own workload for the first time in 30 years. "Just fixed the broken people"
    Try it!

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  • Just leave!

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