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GP numbers decrease by more than 1,000 over past year

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I dont think pay is the only problem. The normal GP day damages health, and most doctors value health above all else. Any intelligent person must see that it is impossible to treat our patients properly within the timescale we have with them. When I started out as a GP we didn't /couldnt try to treat patients to the extent we are expected to now- we couldn't get the tests we do now, if we could the results would take too long to come, many of the treatments didn't exist. So these were referred to the hospital.The only choice we had to make was: 'surgical' or 'medical'.Now our job is so much more complex, patient expectation so much higher. It could be more interesting and rewarding, but our stupid union, combined with the expectation of the RCGP. haven't insisted on increasing our time and resource with each increase in our work scope and quantity, with the result that our job is quite simply impossible. This, I believe, is the main reason no one wants to do it any more. I do also agree that the pay is derisory for our skill. Surely people must realise that our work is not just the time actually seeing patients, but the studying, the time considering letters and results, liasing with other professionals .When this is actually taken into consideration, the hourly rate is not good for someone with our skill .

Posted date

22 Nov 2017

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9:57am

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