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Supermarket doc here I come

The GP Apprentice thinks his clinical skills assessment (CSA) was a fair test, but wonders where qualifying as a GP is going to lead him.

The GP Apprentice thinks his clinical skills assessment (CSA) was a fair test, but wonders where qualifying as a GP is going to lead him.



Well for me it's all over for now at least. The CSA has been and gone, and I will wait nervously until the results in March. I cannot write too much about the exam, for fear of the College special forces squad hauling me in for breaching of confidentiality/copyright.

Understandably they're quite protective of their question bank for an exam sat by different candidates on different days. All I will say is that I felt it was a fair exam, most of the cases were fairly typical general practice with only 1 or 2 being a bit off the track from everyday practice.

The exam centre itself was very well set out and ran in a highly professional manner. The actors were brilliant. There were cases where looking back I could have done better – there always will be I suppose. If I fail it will have been a expensive £1,260 practice!

Amidst all of this the GP contract debate rumbles on. The GPC has obviously felt it necessary to give an opinion of the 2 "choices" presented to the profession.

I don't think the GPC has "backed down" or done a "U-turn" as others (including this publication dare I say) may have suggested. They seem to remain strongly against the whole way in which Her Majesty's Government has forced the profession into such a terrible state.

Supermarket Doc here we come! The poll of the profession will be vital and if we don't support the GPC as our negotiators I can only see HMG as being the victor. The on-line ePetition at http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/unilateral/ is worth adding to the nearly 2500 signatures if you haven't already.

Finally my wedding preparations continue, with the exam out of the way by darling fiancée has told me I've nowhere to hide. Next on our list – handmade wedding invites....

GP apprentice

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