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What GPs need to log for Pulse’s workload survey


It might be interesting to reflect on how may GPs on the day in question aren’t at work. I for one have virtually given up practice because when I do on a regular basis it’s more than I can handle. I work as a Locum because when I have been salaried after a couple of years my mental health suffers and I have to stop. The intensity and demands of the continuous unrelenting slog of seeing patient after patient with all the associated administrative drudge peppered with sporadic, infrequent but highly warring complains makes regular ‘full time’ working, for me personally, an almost suicIdal proposition. This is doubt due in part to my own personal constitution, but I am in no way a flake, and I’m sure there are many like me. I often read comments in the wider media reflecting on the fact so many GPs work part time...this is a consequence of the intensity of the work and I hope this can somehow be drawn out in the survey in some way to guard against the inevitable misinterpretation of GP part times as somehow a sign of us being over paid and lazy..this couldn’t be further from the truth. The level of general attrition in the work force is not sustainable and needs to be addressed. Keep up the excellent work.

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05 Feb 2019

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