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NHS England's ten-point plan for GP workforce

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I retired from clinical practice 12 months ago and I can assure you its bloody fantastic, but then so was General Practice 5 to 10 years ago. What went wrong? I do not believe that cash was the major issue (although I accept that now it maybe with the progressive eking away at pay). The issue was; (1) Over interference by government in our day-to day work. Introducing so many extraneous new tasks and distractions (days off sitting on committees) resulting in little time left in the consultation to address the patient’s agenda. (2) The gradual destruction of our professional status and image by deliberate government spin supported by the media. Combined they have destroyed public confidence in the profession, and GPs in particular. As to cash incentives to encourage GPs to stay on: remember the offer some years back of £10K to continue in practice from 60 to 65 yrs of age. Taxed at 40% = £6000, i.e. £1.64 per day! What planet were the government advisers on? What market research had they done? Obvious none!

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27 Jan 2015

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