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

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20 years ago I saw patients for about 6 hours a day in surgery, 1-2 hours of home visits, 1-2 hours of paperwork and got home for lunch and out in the evening. Some evening and weekend work. On call 1 in 3 but rarely called out. I worked about 50 hours a week but had to be available for nearer 80. By 2003 I was working 8 am to 11pm, doing one evening a fortnight, and I gave up out of hours because I couldn't cope. Now I work 8am [or before] to midnight most days. I work flat out 4 days a week,and do paperwork on the other 3 days a week for at least 6 hours average each day. I see patients for about 18 - 20 hours in that time - and phone them for another 8 or 12?? The rest is paperwork, ensuring we comply with standards, having meetings, and ticking boxes to ensure we get paid enough to continue to have reception staff and locums to service rising patient demands. Folk honestly now expect to see a doctor as soon as they get a pain and before they take a paracetamol! I Spend 2/3 of my time doing admin. I work 80+ hours a week and get ratty. This is not the job I became a GP to do. I have not switched off my mobile phone except in an aircraft or the theatre [turning it on briefly in the interval to check] since I first got one. I try to take responsibility for sorting things out for my patients. But i've lost the will to live. i've gone part time, and I'm almost certainly going if this latest lot of rubbish comes about. Me - and at least 20% of my colleagues who otherwise would not have retired for another 5 or 10 years - will be gone in the next 2 years . and may god have mercy on the patients.

Posted date

22 May 2013

Posted time

10:59pm

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