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.
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…