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Please just kick me in the balls next time

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So, just in the last two weeks, we’ve had:

-Rocketing indemnity costs.

-Privatised support services screwing up our finances.

-Suggestions that practice boundaries should be binned so that registering with a practice should be a free-for-all.

-Nursing homes stopping retainer payments.

-Breach of contract threats if we fail to submit Friends and Family Test information.

-Referral to the GMC for over-prescribing antibiotics.

And so it goes on, and on, and on, and all that with the usual backdrop of intimidation and micromanagement via CQC, revalidation, contract impositions et al.

Planet GP used to be a fairly pleasant environment to work in, but now the atmosphere appears to consist of 99% sh*t, largely because that’s what is constantly being poured over our heads.

So here’s the deal. Can I suggest that we simply agree that all of us GPs should once a year, form a long line and allow a nominated regulator to kick us in the balls*, just to get it over with quickly? It’s what they really want to do, after all. And one hour of testicular pain would be a small price to pay for a year’s worth of arse-ache.

*Or something equivalent for female GPs. This is Equal Opportunities abuse.

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

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  • But clearly, according to RCGP, 'Never better time to be a GP', f*ck me it must have been bad before then

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  • You've missed the point Tony. It's not enough we are kicked in the balls, we have to then reflect at length while rolling on the floor in agony, then devise an multi-part action plan for the following year to avoid the balls and we can be kicked in the shins instead, then devise an AKP - annual kicking protocol - before, presto the circle is complete and it's back to a swifty in the groin all over again. Literally, a load of b@lls.

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  • One glimmer of hope. The regulators also have their ball-kickers. Read the Professional Standards Authority on Rethinking Regulation.
    http://www.professionalstandards.org.uk/library/document-detail?id=f32e5b9e-2ce2-6f4b-9ceb-ff0000b2236b

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  • Typical whingeing GP. Lots of other professionals line up to have their balls kicked but for less than a 6 figure salary.
    -other healthcare professional

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  • Well I used to be a man but worked my cajones off so am now a female GP!

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  • " Anonymous | 19 August 2015 10:05pm

    Typical whingeing GP. Lots of other professionals line up to have their balls kicked but for less than a 6 figure salary.
    -other healthcare professional"

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  • My 6 figure salary if I get one this year will have been significant reduced by the 33% rise in my MPs to £13700

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  • Going by its past record, if the nominated regulator is "NICE but nasty", it will be like sending a one-legged man into an "arse-kicking competition"!

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  • Anonymous 10.05pm,
    Have the courage (and/or balls) to say which profession you work in. Don't you read the papers or listen to the news at all?
    Roderick Shaw
    GP Partner

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  • @ 10.05.
    Why don't you train as a GP if it's all worth it for the 'six figure salary!'
    Wise up and get a life.

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