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'The GPs who don't even know your name'? These patients would beg to differ...

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Sadly, the incentive to become a partner in a GP practice decreases every year due to the ever increasing workload of a GP partner. In addition, the incentive for existing GP partners to take on new GP partners no longer exists as a practice can easily become 'financially crippled' by taking on new partners. Who's to blame? Is it the DoH for not keeping the GP contract in line with the rest of their professional peers since 2004 (e.g. lawyers,dentists etc) or is it the 'Greedy GP' portrayed by the Daily Mail trying to earn their 'quarter of a million per year'? As a GP partner, my overall take home pay has reduced every year over the last 4 years and after expenses (including pension contributions) is comparable to my pay as a trainee junior doctor 7 years ago. Is it worth being a GP partner compared to being a trainee? Financially it makes no sense as my responsibilities and workload have gone up exponentially with little financial reward. However, if you were to ask me 'Do you enjoy your job and do you enjoy seeing your patients?' (by the way I know all their names!), I would have unequivocally say 'absolutely yes!'. This unfortunately is the problem - I would say the majority of GP partners and salaried GP love seeing the majority of their patients and would love to get to know their patients by name but the climate of 'top-down politically driven red tape' has ,and I would argue intentionally, driven a firm wedge between the doctor and the patient relationship. The DoH has never valued continuity of care and the government's agenda of fragmenting General Practice is slowly but surely coming to fruition. Your local friendly GP practice (and I hope you had one at some point!) will soon become obsolete and the Tesco, Virgin, Atos healthcare 'hypersurgery' will soon become present with the cheapest available GPs being shipped from anywhere to provide the largest profit margins with very little incentive to 'actually care.' Sadly, they won't know your name and they may vary from day to day but you'll probably get an appointment at any time on any given day - your choice (or is it?!!!)

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22 May 2013

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