What on earth has happened to our GPs?
I see that the BMA is to hold a ballot seeking industrial action by your local doctors who are angry at the idea that they will be forced to see face to face any patients who demands it. Further they hate the idea of a name and shame list of surgeries that are not seeing enough patients in person.
In one shocking area - Bury in Lancashire - only 36% of patients saw their GP in July. That is not acceptable.
I think the doctors are getting above themselves. The old days of them having a God like quality have gone forever. Politicians, police officers, judges and dare I say it journalists have all been through this painful change in the public’s view of them.
Doctors clearly didn’t get the email.
The reality is that through taxation patients pay the doctors’ wages. They may not like this fact but it is inescapable. The further reality is that the patients paid for them to be trained.
If they don’t like this situation I suggest they should not be GPs and go into some other branch of medicine.
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Instead they are to hold this ballot and say that if, as expected, industrial action gets the nod they will start to go slow. How could we tell?
One of the problems facing surgeries is that so many GPs are working part-time. If they do a five-day week they £100,000-a-year and they pro rata downwards.
The clever ones - mainly women - are doing two 12-hour days in the week and making £50,000. Nice work if you can get it.
My advice to the doctors is to stop acting like Seventies dockers or end up being treated and paid like them.
Listen to the customer. If they want a face to face (and most don’t) give them it.
You have turned into a very odd profession.
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