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The full story on how practices are closing in record numbers

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"1. CQC inspections too demanding in the context of funding cuts. 2. Annual appraisals sold as a chat over tea and now extremely onerous and time-consuming endless unpaid paperwork with unpredictable appraisers from overly OCD to supportive if you are lucky. 3. 5 yearly career ending revalidation, multiple the bureaucracy of appraisals by 5. As in 5 times complete audit cycles, 5 times multiple source feedbacks, 5 times patient surveys, clinical cases, CPD etc. When do GPs have time to see patients? 4. Lack of GP workforce means no holidays, working overtime, no locums, burnout. 5. CCGs now delegating what used to be outpatient clinical care onto GP’s laps so many feel out of their clinical expertise and fearful of the GMC if they make a mistake with treating a patient who should be under hospital consultant care but this is now called community care. 6. 10 minute appointments when in Europe and abroad GPS get 20+ minutes to safely treat a patient. Interruptions and phone consults added in between 10 minute slots or added at the end of an exhaustive list, 7. Seeing colleagues enjoy the best of both worlds emigrating to Canada or Australia to work safely as a GP. 8. Pressure from CCGs to reduce hospital referrals, to cut expenditure on prescriptions, to deliver safe care without a minimum practice income guarantee, having to fire staff to make ends meet and watching single mums in tears as they lose their jobs working for practices. 9. Fear of a GMC referral as investigations may take up to a year during which time the GP may be treated as guilty until proven innocent and God forbid the DM gets ahold of any investigation and publicly shamed a GP before he has had his right to a fair trial. 10. Students are reconsidering whether medicine is a viable profession when other professions pay double, with free weekends and evenings to enjoy a life and are able to repay student loans. Training is so many years to be a GP. They ask is it worth it? 11. When you know a GP colleague who has ended his or her life, you start to question whether it is time to retire early, emigrate or change paths. 12. When you are fearful and anxious, as you may be referred to the gmc for a domestic squabble, raising a voice to a train conductor, drink driving, depression, a jealous colleague, an angry patient who does not get what he or she demands, and think if I were in any other job, I would not be treated like a criminal. 13. When you decide you need to put yourself and your family’s well being first above the needs of overworking as a GP to an early grave." A company founded on the principle of goodwill/charity from its workforce refuses to compensate hard work.... Unfortunately until people stop seeing medicine as some sort of calling from the heavens above (the sort Noah had) the NHS will continue to take advantage of hard working employees expecting them to bend down further and take it deeper instead of questioning why their hard work isn't being compensated.

Posted date

04 Jun 2019

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9:53pm

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