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Medical schools 'should have funding linked to producing GPs'


Things are terrible now, but are about to become much worse.. Welcome to the new salaried low income GP production line working for a PLC. No continuity of care. No small team working. The job of the new 200,000 patient GP mega practice broken down to different departments.. 1/ Telephone consultations from angry patients wanting to be seen and having to limit their demands 2/ Seeing huge numbers of angry patients demanding everything and having to deal with patients who do not fit the protocol e.g. for a brain CT for their headache that started that morning with no red flags... 3/ On going round of QoF.. 4/ On going reading and acting on letters from hospital 5/ Complaints dept 6/ HR, commissioning, education updating 7/ Home visits 8/ Reading and acting on investigations. Imagine doing this for 200,000 patients as one minor cog for the rest of your life. Where is the enjoyment in that? Doctors used to pick general practice because they had a degree of autonomy and could work with a team that they picked, got to know and trusted. Patients respected them. Workload was manageable. There was time to socialise among the team. Pensions were good. It felt like an extended family.

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14 Apr 2016

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