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Scottish contract on a knife edge as GPs split 50:50 on new direction


Without examining the circumstances carefully, being either liberal or restrictive will run into mistakes. As I wrote before , one size clearly does not fit all in here. The significant differences between city and rural practices must be respected. Clearly ,many Scottish colleagues are in favour of the changes targeted at workload and premises. But the terms and conditions pledged remain at the stage of ideology setting. Hence, a ‘yes’ vote will very much base on the assumption that one believes the GP forward view can materialise. Any doubts on GPFV simply breeds the conspiracy theory ,’the devil will be in small details.’ It is phenomenal while UK ,as a country , is at historic crossroad where its fate in the rest of 21st century is at stake , the fate of our profession is subjected to a similar dice tossing. Twenty odd years ago , my senior partner told me (when I first started general practice in last century) that we would all ultimately turn ‘salaried’ as the state would fail to fund any more GP partner. Perhaps , the ‘prophecy’ is to be fulfilled one day in this century. One thing I keep telling myself is to fully respect the ‘votes’ of our younger colleagues because they are the ones who will look after me consistently in 10,15 years time . The waves in the front are always pushed upon by those behind. People like me will become history and our younger ones turn into the pillars to support this profession. Yes , some argue that could easily be an extinction of general practitioners once and for all . But one can only believe it is not over until it is over . Vote with your heart or your brain , your choice ........

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30 Nov 2017

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