- 21 Aug 2017
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I'm aware GPs say they "are on their knees". I'm also aware of the supply problem. It's not headline news because politicians and the media have fetishised the NHS to the extent that it's beyond criticism. Hell, most of the public don't even understand that GPs are private businesses.The line about the GP's is wholly unfair and is clearly based on your bias, if this were true, even fractionally, it would be headline news. If you think GP's even BEFORE the pandemic weren't REGULARLY pulling 60 hour weeks you're monumentally ill informed. This information is coming direct from a 40+ year serving GP who CANNOT RETIRE YET because there is no-one to take her place and she's got a conscience, she's been of retirement age for 2 years now, desperate to retire before the workload drags her under, but as I said, feels she cannot.
Oh and thier funding got MASSIVELY cut to the point she stopped being a director - because they couldn't afford a directors salary, so she took a demotion and a PAY CUT - this IS FACT.
Couch your words more carefully in the future please.
Of course being private businesses, especially if the partnership agreement includes goodwill payment and a share of a building, can bring disentanglement issues.
GPs were very quick to cancel face to face appointments and start referring anything that sounded important. And they were very slow to restart when things quietened down. That's in part because most of what they earn comes in whether they see patients or not.
Not sure what the "Director" business is - the titles people give themselves in a private business is up to them. As far as the health system goes, they're GPs. It's the part of the service that has improved least over the past 2 decades...so my assessment remains unchanged.