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'I'm a doctor, not a skip'

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I don’t know what you think of improving patient online access, but the tranquillity of that particular session at Pulse Live was shattered by someone suggesting that the concept is located fairly and squarely in ‘cloud-cuckoo land’. Wow. Sadly, I had to leave at that point because I had a hot ticket for the Personal Development workshop, so I don’t know if it got really tasty.

Talking of tasty, WHERE ARE THE SODDING BISCUITS? I nearly went hypo en route to Personal Development, and was saved only by an unseemly lunge for some chocolate based freebies I sniffed out in the exhibition area.

Probably no coincidence, then, that the ‘How to survive general practice’ tips brainstormed in this excellent session were ingestion based: make sure you get lunch, keep some snacks in your top drawer, drink vatloads of alcohol and so on.

This workshop ended with the delegates completing the phrase ‘I’m a doctor, not a …’ Suggestions included doormat, housing officer, scapegoat, magician and, most memorably, ‘skip’.

I left, appropriately enough, feeling more resilient, and dived into the joys of the exhibition centre to continue my ‘has general practice turned the corner?’ vox pop survey. It isn’t going well. Some people say yes, some people say no, and a few say we’re on a slow bend leading to nowhere. And one called for security.

And still no biscuits, though I did find a stall handing out massive great plastic sperm. I think. Or maybe it’s the hypoglycaemia again. 

Dr Tony Copperfield is a GP in Essex. You can follow him on Twitter @DocCopperfield.

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  • Una Coales

    To think I was sitting in the same morning workshop as Dr Copperfield or perhaps even the same table! Sigh.

    Blogger Dr Shaba Nabi led a great workshop on survival tips for GPs. And guess what the number one survival tip is?? Peer support! Well done Pulse for hosting these comment boxes as an outlet for GPs to gain peer support and relieve themselves.

    And yes, it was a scavenger's hunt to find sugar in the morning without any tea and biscuits on offer. I succeeded in coaxing an employment law stand to let me tuck into their chocky box and came away with a mini milky way. Had to smile and bat my eyelashes when they realised I was not a GP partner and therefore had no practice for them to offer legal employment cover for.

    When I suggested no brown bag lunches to Pulse, I did not expect them to cheekily come up with white bag lunches instead!

    Shame about Jeremy Hunt cancelling out for tomorrow. Guess he chickened out especially as one salaried GP told me she had tomatoes ready to throw at him tomorrow.

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  • i;m a comedian not a doctor

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  • funny how its gone quiet on the GP front recently. Is there an election in the offing?

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  • No theyve still got a voice and opinion. But I wouldnt put it past the politicians to quieten any bad news item, as you say its is pre-election

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  • Una Coales

    @9:18 it has not got quiet, you have to know where to look? http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/george-osborne-election-budget-lifetime-pension-allowance-cut-1m-2016-1492523 Osborne has just shaved off more from your pension! The pension cap has gone from £1.8 million to £1.2 million and now £1 million from 2016. Any more in your pot and you pay 40% tax...stealth attack!

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  • Doctors are treated as slaves to be plundered and abused by NHS and GMC MPTS.The noble profession has been ruined

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Dr Tony Copperfield is a jobbing GP in Essex with more than a few chips on his shoulder