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Hospitals desperately need an overhaul to improve access

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I can't believe you are being so negative about our hospital colleagues. Do you not remember when this consultant contract came in and consultants were suddenly going to be paid for the work they did, because the government thought they were all on the golf course half the week. Productivity went down because the trusts couldn't afford to pay for all the unpaid work they had been doing up till then to keep things going, and they got p'd off with being told they were lazy all the time. In some cases they were told they were not allowed to carry on doing what they had been doing before because the trust couldn't afford the necessary number of PAs (or because it was illegal. The whole NHS runs on goodwill, not just the GP land. Yes, the hospitals have some glaring inefficiencies but it is really shameful that you suggest the hospital docs are not working their backsides off like the rest of us. Don't forget that within the admin PAs they have to teach the juniors, organise rotas, teach GPs, and do all the admin stuff we have to do (but without the advantage we have of being much more efficient due to having decent computer systems). The comparison of money spent in hospitals per patient contact is also utterly nonsensical. This is apples and pears. I would need a lot more money if I was going to be doing open heart surgery on my patients, just as I would need a significantly bigger drug budget if I was going to be in charge of oncology drugs or new biologics. Stop being so negative and lets all draw together for the sake of the patients and the NHS. We should be fighting privatisation and fragmentation, not each other.

Posted date

14 Jan 2018

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10:29pm

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