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‘I’d rather quit my job than blow the whistle on GP colleagues again’


I aked advice from the PCT last year about a salaried GP who was with the practice for many years. I am a practice nurse and was amazed and impressed that even one of our receptionists had expressed concern over the competancy of the salaried GP to the lead partner as I had done. I even gave a list of things concerning me to the junior partner and the practice manager, but you know what? They made the salaried GP the lead partner when they both retired! I phoned the GMC anonynously to see if I was overreacting on anything and they wanted me to name him but without support I feel impotent. The RCN are not helpful as they have to be seen to be doing the "right" thing and just report them anyway. The other side of the coin is I have 3 adult kids with problems and a large mortage until I am 70 so I cannot risk my job. I did help one GP in the past who was obviously struggling from the h/o stroke and was behaving odd at times but rather than report him I managed to get advice from The Sick Doctor's Trust though the issue was not alcohol related. I really think we ALL need more support and understanding at work. We are human beings, make mistakes, sometimes behave in a defensive way and I think some kind of neutral internal arbitration/mediation service could provide counselling for those we are concerned about which might result with reducing individuals standing on the hotline?

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20 Jun 2013

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