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GP training rota has turned me into a dinosaur


I am genuinely amazed at all the negativity about a 40 hour working week with protected teaching time. A lot of GP's saying it doesn't prepare trainees for the 'real world'. Here's a thought, maybe the 'real world' could improve? Yes, yes, it's a profession not a job, etc, etc, but on the one hand we have talks about mass resignation and 'crisis' and on the other hand, when something comes along to make training as a GP more attractive (and, dare I say it, may make future GP's more insistent on an appropriate work-life balance), it's all grump-grump-back-in-my-day-blah-di-blah. Furthermore, the 'old' contract also had a 40 hour working week and three educational sessions, so that is not even new! The ignorance about this fact just shows how routine trainees working for free out of goodwill has become. And as for training time, it's also a well-known problem that as GP trainees when you do your hospital posts you are considered second-in-line to the trainees of that speciality working alongside you and that you are there largely for service provision (granted not all are like this). This would be where I suggest making the changes if there is concern about reduced face-to-face GP-relevant patient contact. Please people, get on side with making things better for qualified GP's, partners or not, rather than complaining about it being too cushy for trainees!

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25 Mar 2017

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