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Being a portfolio GP is the only way to survive


Show me the way to be a GP in the UK 5 days a week that doesn't involve risk of suicide and I'll come back from portfolio working. 10 years as a partner, watching 3 partners burn out and one suicide, I got out too to survive. Only with hindsight is it possible to see that being a partner doing 9 sessions is impossible for most humans. I too take the p*ss now, but I'm so glad to be alive that the guilt trip no longer pushes my buttons. I wanted to be a GP from primary school. The job is not what I trained to do but without emigrating there's no other way to do it satisfactorily. Now I'm using the principle that anything I enjoy that pays the bills that doesn't involve seeing patients at 10 min intervals, esp if it's not NHS work, is one step closer to a career change. It's about survival. You are not alone if you're feeling inadequate as a GP; the system is broken, not you. Get out alive, please. You've paid your dues and you owe it to your family. The cavalry are not coming - look at Cameron's 7 day announcement.

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04 Oct 2015

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