I stepped back from the stress
Having been through a stressful period already in my career I am now much more ruthless about my own self-preservation – it is the main thing that influences my decisions.
lMy day is arranged so I get back to put kids to bed.
lI have a day off a week.
lI downsized and binned my big house to afford a day off.
lI do other things outside general practice both in and out of medicine.
lI've increased my appointment length – if patients have to wait longer I'd rather a pay cut and to reduce list size.
lEvery job must be accounted for by having it put on the appointment screen and an appropriate amount of time left for it – nothing is 'slotted in'.
Money is not a problem for GPs – the problem is time. You can't have both. I'd rather have time and have found out, thankfully early in life, that it is worth sacrificing a new BMW to have it.
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