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Professor Clare Gerada: 'If we all become salaried it will move GPs to where they should be'

The RCGP chair tells Pulse why she thinks the ‘anachronistic’ independent contractor model for GPs has had its day.

Professor Clare Gerada speaks to Pulse at the RCGP conference about her best moments as chair, her regret over the Health and Social Care Bill and her controversial call for all GPs to give up their independent status and become salaried employees of the NHS. Professor Gerada was speaking to Pulse reporter Caroline Price.

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  • 'If we all become salaried it will move GPs to where they should be'
    ...all working for me...!

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  • salaried doctors 'definition' - the many controlled by the few.

    few questions -

    what about career progression? once you are salaried then what?

    what about independence? what if a salaried Dr wanted to go on his own and form his/her own practice?

    what about training future Drs? who is going to do that? all the places that I've worked as a salary Dr do not want junior staff and do not train GP Regs as it isn't cost effective. They are interested in quantity i.e. see as many patients per shift and not interested in any thing else.

    are we all going to be civil servants for the state or employees of virgin?

    i should have trained as a hairdresser as at least they can go out and form their own independent business free of state interference and they probably have better representation than we have.

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  • does that include you as well?

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  • I believe that like the politicians the RCGP are undemocratic. HSC Act not on election manifesto 2010 and structure does not preceed strategy hence comment on independent contractor status shows bias.

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  • i despair that no one is actually representing the average GP ie one who doesnt live in london, doesnt do less than 4 sessions a week and doesnt employ a legion of salaried docs to run their multiple practices. have the government any idea what chaos will happen if my surgery goes under - we have 12000 pateints we see 85% of them at least once a year - they will all go to A&E if there is no general practice

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  • I share the views of the previous post. I have a four man partnership with 8500 patients in a busy northern town. I work from 8am to 7 pm five days a week and a 1 in 4 Saturdays. One of the partners has been off for a year with work related stress. We have been unable to replace them with another partner. We are all on the verge of burnout. I do not recognise the portrayal of GP in the media or by politicians, or increasingly by the bodies that should represent us including the RCGP, and BMA. I feel totally unsupported, and undervalued. The NHS has become a political football for both politicians and doctors with political aspirations, but those of us at the coal face struggle daily to implement the often farcical edicts to these people with falling resources and increasing workloads. I despair for the future of the NHS, and I despair for my own future. I'm not sure how much longer I can drag my tired brain through another working week while constantly waking up to unwanted and unjust public and political scrutiny.

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  • I have never been so proud NOT to be a member of the RCGP. And I have £20 that says she will get a labour peerage and end up as a minister in the next Labour government.

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  • I have never been so proud NOT to be a member of the RCGP. And I have £20 that says she will get a labour peerage and end up as a minister in the next Labour government.

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  • Never should we trust the rcgp again, resign on mass, resign the nhs!!!!!!! It's a call to arms, enough is enough!!!!!!!!! It's put up or shut up time

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