This site is intended for health professionals only

At the heart of general practice since 1960

pul jul aug2020 cover 80x101px
Read the latest issue online

Independents' Day

Report this comment to a moderator

Please fill in the form below if you think a comment is unsuitable. Your comments will be sent to our moderator for review.

Report comment to moderator

Required fields.


Should I worry about being trapped in a sinking practice?


Don't do it. Don't become a partner as the politics has made it untenable. The partnership model was supposed to keep us safe, but the 2004 contract was the beginning of the end, and now it is the end. The politicians have won. Go abroad before it is too late (for family reasons) I merged my practice with another. At the 11th hour the other practice told me I had to leave or they wouldn't merge. While I could have taken them to court, it would not be in anyone's interests really, and not my own. I am looking back on it now, and realising that my low mood, mistakes, physical symptoms were largely to do with dreading the merger, but also realising I was trapped in a sinking ship. I am now doing locums, but more importantly, seeing my children, doing some gardening, doing more exercise, and generally feeling a great deal healthier than I have been in years. It is still painful to have had to leave so suddenly, and I am so sorry for my patients and staff, but the job was rubbish. Howeve, if you have a great team of supportive, like minded doctors who look out for one another, a team who works together and looks after each other helps out the doctors, then go for it. There aren't that many around.

Posted date

25 Sep 2015

Posted time