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Little argument against registrar pay cuts

The GP Apprentice is annoyed at the cuts to registrar pay and tired of his tutorials and TATTs. Only some coffee - and good news about its health benfits - has perked him up.

The GP Apprentice is annoyed at the cuts to registrar pay and tired of his tutorials and TATTs. Only some coffee - and good news about its health benfits - has perked him up.



So the DDRB have recommended that registrar's pay banding be cut from 55% to 50% and what's more next year they hope it might head down to 40%.

And...well why shouldn't they? After all there still seems to be plenty of people willing to rob sweets from a child to get a place on a vocational training scheme.

Added to this that our hospital colleagues will soon be under the European Working Time Directive working less than 48 hours a week meaning that their banding will be between 40 and 50%.

With our minimal out of hours commitment (extended hours though yet to be determined) there is little argument that can be fired back.

The fact of the increasing costs of our MRCGP examinations seems to have passed the DDRB by.

This week I arrived at the joyous point of having complete my 12 minimum COT's. With 2 CBD's my trainer and I can then once again focus on "proper" tutorials looking at important GP topics.

With my recent Educational Supervisors Review I have 2 CBD's outstanding before the ACRP (read CRAP) panel.

I see that the BMA JMF rejected a call for the legalisation of prostitution, the trade of a number of some former patients.

It is indeed the oldest profession and legalising it would bring a lot of its associated health hazards under control.

Though quite how the "punter" would feel about paying VAT for services provided is another issue! I note however that they've asked the board of science to look into the matter further – watch this space.

Finally I was glad to find out recently that coffee might be good for you. A news article notes a study has found that it may protect you against Alzheimer's.

My cups each morning are sometimes my only solace from going slightly crazy after the 3rd tired all the time/hurts everywhere patient.

GP apprentice

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