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What is the point of appraisals?

I have just had another appraisal.

Has anybody yet come up with a sensible reason for this seemingly pointless exercise? 'Having a nice chat with a pleasant colleague' is as far as I can get. And he was very pleasant.

But how much is this costing me as a taxpayer? Hours of GP time and a £500 handout to my appraiser. Isn't it just another NHS money pit?Isn't it time to say: 'So, we've collated everybody's life history and future plans. It has changed nothing in patient care or doctor wellbeing. Let's just stop doing it.' Or are there, maybe, appraisers who have discovered doctors with plots to blow up British citizens?

Maybe the 'colleague' I saw yesterday was an undercover CID copper? He must have found me very boring. With or without the spy stuff, really.

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