Pulse 3 October 2013 | By Nigel Praities
18 October 2013 | By Sofia Lind 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..