GPs poached for private work

Who can blame the doctors who apply for regular hours and desk jobs without the straightjacket of the UKs health services. Over 50 applicants for a job scanning patient records for the DVLA reveals the sate of General Practice morale.

Kate Gibbons reports in The Times 7th October: GPs poached for private work

Family doctors at Britain’s largest GP conference are being lured into taking on private work by an event sponsor.

The Royal College of GPs has taken thousands of pounds from the digital healthcare company Babylon, which offers app-based consultations with doctors to paying clients.

The company is using the college’s annual conference to attract new recruits. Adverts in the 1,600 delegates’ welcome packs encourage doctors to sign up to the service, with the incentives of flexible hours and working from home. GPs can expect to earn up to £60 an hour in addition to their NHS salary, the company says.

It comes a day after Maureen Baker, the college chairwoman, complained that patients’ lives were at risk as doctors dealt with increased caseloads.

Katherine Murphy, chief executive of the Patients Association, said it was “disconcerting” that private companies were allowed to advertise positions at the conference.

Mobasher Butt, medical director at Babylon, said: “All of our GPs work from home and we do not recommend working from their NHS practice.”

Look at  the comments and feedback.. There is not much sympathy with the self-employed GP electing to work elsewhere…

Image result for poaching staff cartoon.

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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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