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GPs buried under trusts' workload dump

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Pulse is inviting GPs to tell us about the most pressing issues the profession is facing as we open our wide-ranging biannual survey.

We would like to hear from as many GPs as possible about issues including secondary care piling work onto general practice, unexpected bills relating to pension payments, and challenges in setting up new primary care networks.

Those participating in the survey who provide an email address will be in with a chance of winning £300 of John Lewis vouchers.

To take part and let us know your views, click on the link below.

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  • I believe one of the biggest problems the profession is facing at present is the general lack of support that GPs have. I was previously a hospital consultant before I decided to change - a career I do not regret, however I do feel that as a GP I am less appreciated and sometimes do not feel valued at all. The lack of workforce is a huge burden and unfortunately not all locums are of a standard that I would deem acceptable and there are times when locums do not turn up or cancel at short notice. The CCG is not interested and the buck stops with me. I am currently in a partnership dispute - my very senior colleague was suspended by NHSE a year ago but has remained on the contract causing problems, but neither NHSE or the CCG are interested/ have the power to stop her antics despite voicing that they are appalled by the things she has done. She has blocked the practice bank account so that staff have been with held there salary and certainly I have had no money for several months. The CCG and NHSE expect delivery of services to continue but there is no support for the practice going through such a difficult time, in fact their answer was to withhold money until the "partnership dispute" is resolved! This means that there is no money for locums and I have to increase my work commitment even more! The idea was supposed to be to lessen the work burden on GPs and not to increase it.
    What is the answer?
    1. be supportive of GPs and practices and help them through difficult periods
    2. re-evaluate the suspension rules - hopefully this will not be a frequent occurrence
    3. address the workforce issue in a sensible way - it is ok increasing numbers, but not at the expense of quality
    4. appeal to other hospital doctors who want to change career - the current re training is off putting and the experience hospital doctors have is invaluable and should be considered.
    5. The profession should be celebrated and not criticised constantly by the press/ Government - this will make patients respect GPs more .

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