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This job is making me ill – a poem

An anonymous GP pens a ditty about the profession

I’m struggling under the mental strain,

There’s no time to relax my overworked brain,

I have no more resources to drain,

This job is making me ill.

 

The relentless demands are so unfair,

They seem to come from everywhere ,

I have so little time for patient care,

This job is making me ill.

 

If I have to hear the phrase once more,

’Doctor, I need a letter for…’

I think I’ll head straight for the door,

This job is making me ill.

 

I have to listen to negative press,

About how my profession is in such a mess,

How much more I can take, I can only guess,

This job is making me ill.

 

Every day at work can feel like a fight,

My family has noticed that I’m not right,

I’m exhausted and grumpy every night,

This job is making me ill.

 

So what does the future hold?

Will I still do this job when I am old?

Will I just keep doing what I’m told?

Until this job does make me ill.

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Readers' comments (12)

  • Simon Ruffle

    There was a GP called Azalia,
    Who thought Hunt had coprolalia,
    He made her so mad, she packed up her bag,
    And is now content in Australia.

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  • I could have written this myself,
    but then considered my health,
    and left.

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  • Checking letters alone in my room,
    Discharge letter says 're-check bloods soon',
    Discharged in september, letters comes in November,
    And the patient is now in a tomb.

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  • Is there a body that makes sure that so many of its members are not ill, made ill by work? If so, where is it? If not, why not? Who cares for the carers? Does anybody have a duty of care for GPs?
    Obviously not. Should we create one?

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  • Alice Hodkinson

    This rings so true.
    So, what now?
    I was a full time partner, now working barely 4 sessions a week, and I won't go back until it doesn't make me ill.
    I'm devastated.

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  • I am buying lotto every week! one day I will be free of GP bullying and all crap, I hope.To Simon: Australia is little bit better,but there are elements here too, trying to destroy the health system!

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  • Sums me up totally. After 32 yrs - had to quit before I had planned to . Nothing left to give.

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  • So sad so many dejected depressed doctors. Www all started out full of optimism expecting to make a difference to all sorts of suffering Now we are burdened by a mixture of unrealistic patient expectations fuelled by politicians and rigid guidelines and pathways not to mention late payments for work done Strange that some 45 years after my first day in general practice I still find satisfaction in patient care despite the endless admin irritations Hope some of you will not desert the sinking ship for more remunerative locations

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  • "and you give yourself away"

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  • Tragic reality. I'm afraid I blame some of our leaders (not Nagpaul) who have not realised how much the various governments had it in for us.

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