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Ten-minute consultations 'must go', says NHS England director


More of everything. You know what will happen - it will be 15 minutes but 45 consultations each day or more as people get older - we could be soon seeing 50+ patients a day - almost 11 hours of consultations. Safe - what is safe ? I have done over 700 weekends starting at fri 9 am to mon 5 pm - 80 hours with little or no sleep. This NHS has never ever been safe - it has always run on doctors working to the bone. The ULTIMATE question is this - WHO should define safety ? Our union ? Like pilots and bus drivers ? Remember and like it or not - it was the European WTD that regulated junior hours. Left to our so called Union they would still be doing 120 + hours / week as a lot of us oldie goldies have done. Who will define safety in patient numbers seen and consultation times. If not us, Why NOT ?

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01 May 2014

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