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Patient death was 'knock-on effect' from lack of GP resources, says coroner


I do kind of feel the tide is slightly turning with stories like this,- I really hope so... there has always been a strong sense when working in the NHS that no matter how busy and understaffed your surgery/hospital is then any bad outcome is fully your fault, even if you never had a fighting chance. This a the first time I've heard anyone say 'you did what you could with the resources you had' hopefully this will become a more mainstream opinion.... I am on a few doctor and gp forums on Facebook and the like and the overwhelming feeling is that young doctors are in a constant state of terror. Overwhelmed by numbers and knowing that no matter how well you consult and document, if a patient complains or there is a bad outcome they will find an 'expert GP' to criticise you. 'You should have taken more history, documented more examination findings, you didn't make it clear enough they might die if they missed their appt etc.... so you either burn out in a fog of anxiety ( as generally doctors are nice conscientious people not psychopaths ) or you get quite fatalistic about it and think - well I can do everything right and they'll still screw me over in one way or another for even a spurious complaint so fingers crossed is all I can do...

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18 Aug 2017

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