Independant GPs: RCGP chair Clare Gerada calls for all GPs to become salaried

RCGP chair calls for all GPs to become salaried

Pulse 3 October 2013 | By

Three-quarters of GPs would reject switch to salaried profession

18 October 2013 | By  in Pulse Magasine


Of course we prefer independence, but if the working week is expected to be longer than ever with extended hours the younger doctors might accept a salary so that their hours were limited and reasonable.

Remember that the GP is an agent of the patient, and when his view on the best treatment for his patient differs from that offered by the state he should speak out. Will he do this if he is an employee under the same culture of “fear” and of “whistlelowing” as we have witnessed these last six months?

The public might also expect GP sickness and absences to increase.. The single biggest determinant of sickness/absence from work is whether or not you are self employed. NHS staff in general have one of the highest sickness rates in the world.

Updated 30th October 2013

Pulse article shows how different practice in S London (The RCGP Chairperson) and the “shires” is, and how out-of-touch with the profession who are members she is. But there are a lot of GPs who aren’t members..

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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