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Submit your questions for RCGP chair Dr Maureen Baker

We are hosting an online Q&A with the RCGP chair Dr Maureen Baker and would like you to submit your questions.

Last year, the RCGP was at the centre of some of the most important stories in general practice - most notably the judicial review into the pass rate discrepancies of the college’s CSA exam. Dr Baker was also named the country’s most influential GP in Pulse’s annual Power 50 list.

With the general election looming, and no doubt another important year for general practice - Pulse invites you to submit any burning questions you may have for the RCGP chair.

The hour-long Q&A, which will take place on Monday 2 February at 1pm, will be splashed on Pulse’s homepage.

You can leave questions for Dr Baker in the comments below or tweet them to @Pulsetoday using the hashtag #AskBaker. Alternatively, you can email them to feedback@pulsetoday.co.uk and you will also be able to ask your questions on the day.

**We have a lot of questions to get through, so please be concise, respectful and leave your name - if possible - as this makes your query more likely to be asked**

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  • It is quite clear there is a recruitment crisis. GP trainees are having to undergo a very stressful training process with very expensive exams.Despite doing all three years of training, the RCGP is stopping these trainees from working in General Practice if they do not pass these exams. How can the RCGP simultaneously say that General Practice is a complex speciality yet permit nurse practitioners and physician assistants to see patients in GP surgeries without passing the AKT and CSA assessments? This is surely a concern for patient safety so why is the RCGP not doing something about this especially as the GP is ultimately liable if nurse practitioners or physician assistants make mistakes?

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  • Why is the RCGP not proposing an alternative funding model given that there will not be more money available?

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  • Zishan Syed 9.12pm makes an excellent point.

    On that note, given we have a recruitment crisis, why is there not an option for unsuccessful trainees to continue working in GP, perhaps with a degree of support/supervision from a mentor or training practice, with an option to re-attempt exams in the future?

    I have seen competent, enthusiastic doctors pass their AKT, workplace based assessments and impress everyone at the practice, only to fall at the final hurdle (CSA). These are doctors we would happily employ over a physician assistant. Why should the A&E middle grade rota be the beneficiary here when these doctors can clearly offer something to general practice?

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  • Dear Dr Baker

    Can the RCGOP please make membership optional for GP trainees.

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  • I would like to ask Maureen Baker 2 questions....
    1 ''Are you aware of mindfulness and particularly Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (mbsr) to help GPs cope with the stress and pressure of the ever increasing demands on our time? A year ago you stated that "the pressures on general practice now are as bad as they've been at any time during your [career as a GP]." Would you support increased awareness of MBSR and access to courses for colleagues, as a way for the RCGP to support it's membership?''
    2. Would you be interested in attending a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course -accessed online, from the comfort of home or anywhere. Mindfulness courses can be delivered easily and very cost efficiently live on-line as web based seminars (webinars) and recordings. I ran one successfully for 141 GPs last year, with excellent feedback and we are running another starting later this month. I would like to extend a personal invitation to you Maureen to try it out, and if you feel it's worthwhile we could collaborate to offer something of real value to GPs in these difficult imes.'' http://www.webinarsforgps.com/2015-mindfulness

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  • Dear Dr Baker , contrary to what others might say , I think you have been doing a sterling job in difficult times!
    It does however seem that A/E consultants/hospitals end up more vocal and more reported as a result. How do we as a group of disparate gps get heard by those that need to hear?

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