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GP burnout stories: 'My reaction to a suicidal patient was resentment'


The 10 minute consultation time is ill suited for an influx of suicidal depressives. As we become later and later our anxiety and vitriol rises. Right, I'm starting on time, I'm staying on time.... 1st patient - depressed, suicidal - damn it, even with short cuts of counselling and pills that's 20 mins 2nd patient - heart sink with shopping list who waited weeks just to see me as "you're the only one who understands". Dare I go all Copperfield, or just grin + bear it? Another 20 mins 3rd patient - brilliant!! A sore throat! Bish, bash, bosh, 5 minutes.But defeat snatched from jaws of victory as I hand him his scrip when he utters the fateful word "also....". 20 mins 4th patient - depression again, AARRGGHH!! 20 mins --------------------------------------------- Last patient - fungal nail infection, thank God! "But according to Google it could be......" I hate you. And not one single DNA to lighten the load

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11 Nov 2017

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