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NHS England's ten-point plan for GP workforce


I am 57 next birthday and planning retirement this year or next. The 10 point plan is not going to make me change my mind. I think it has missed the point entirely. Morale is at an all time low and finance and salary is only a small part of what is so wrong with life as a GP. When I started out in practice 30 years ago a significant number of patients had clear memories of what life was like without the NHS, pre 1948. As the population ages this "societal memory" gets smaller and smaller. This leads to a demanding and unreasonable attitude from many patients which is highly damaging and creates a feeling of helplessness among GPs. We cannot do or say anything to the parent who brings their teenager with a spot in her ear for fear of a complaint. Furthermore I am fed up with functioning as a houseman for hospital teams who cannot do and follow up tests and investigations for patient's discharged too early. Dream job at the moment - running a haberdashery- good excuse to sew all day.

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30 Jan 2015

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