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Have a (half) day off

Editor’s blog

When I was at uni, Wednesday afternoons were kept free of lectures. It was nominally for sport, but much of it was spent in the student bar or other 90s activities, like playing Super Mario Kart or buying baggy clothes.

If media reports are to believed, GPs are still afforded the same luxury – no doubt with golf being the activity of choice! The Daily Mail reported this week that 700 practices were closing for half days during the week. In response, NHS England reiterated that it would withhold funding for extended hours from those networks where practices are ‘closing’ for half days.

NHS England shouldn’t indulge the media that is promoting this

But the truth of the matter is that, unlike my university self, this isn’t a doss. Unfortunately – and partly due to NHS England – there is a lot more to GP practices than just seeing patients. There is the mounds of paperwork, CQC visits to prepare for, hoops to jump through to earn much needed funding, etc. And, most of all, training.

Some practices can manage this without closing. But, with GP recruitment in its current state, many simply don’t have the GPs to do this without having a half day off from seeing patients. And NHS England shouldn’t indulge the media that is promoting this. It’s really starting to twist my melon.

Jaimie Kaffash is editor of Pulse. Follow him on Twitter @jkaffash or email him at

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Readers' comments (4)

  • The really sad thing is that people read the Daily Nazi Sympathiser at all.
    (hurrah for the blackshirts....)

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  • Mario Kart sessions should be mandatory.

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  • Closed means CLOSED Jamie. Nobody stays behind to catch up on admin during those half days. At least the surgeries that I’ve worked for.

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  • ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL DOCTOR. That explains why we see so many of those types in medicine who cannot relate to the real world.

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