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GPs face long wait until retirement as review omits them from age-related 'risk' list


Una Coales | 05 March 2014 6:57am I wish you the best of luck as you are the only pro-doctor potential leader we seem to have but a lot of disgruntled grassroot docs like myself have torn up our BMA membership and have no say and I fear that colleagues who are BMA members are going to vote for the same old faces. I agree with you re: salaried posts and would add why would anyone run up a student debt of upto £250,000 and do an inherently expensive (defence fees + pension) and risky job (high risk of failing training and being struck off) for what would be the equivalent of a civil service job (net pay after defence fees and pension of 40k a year) with non-secure terms and conditions whilst their employing company (virgin etc) gets the profits. i.e. we take all the risks and get all the downsides but are not entitled to the benefits. It is such a shame that a once proud profession has been allowed to sink in the gutter because of a failure of credible leadership by the RCGP and BMA. I think the only option is for a move to private practices (single handed to large scale) run by GPs with direct or indirect (insurance) payments. we would still take the risks and work hard for our patients but without the interference of third parties (DOH, NHS England) and can better manage our workload (control private list size and charges)

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