In direct contrast to the RCGP Chair, a retired GP, Dr Paul Menin tells it as it really is in The Times 27th April 2017, and the implication for the politicians is that it may be too late to be honest. A two tier health service is developing by neglect, in all 4 Health Systems.
Sir, As a recently retired GP I have been dismayed to be offered an incentive payment of up to £4,000 by the government to go back to work. I had reached a point of stress where I was likely to be no longer as effective and safe in the consulting room, so I retired. This is a situation in which a huge number of GPs find themselves — hence the manpower crisis in general practice and this offer.
Luring burnt-out GPs back into practice might help for a short while but it does nothing to address the underlying problems. To now effectively pay me more than an existing partner, with all the huge responsibilities that they carry, is insulting to all the GPs who are continuing to work. To add insult to injury, working as a locum with no managerial burden at all you can earn far more. The solutions are many and varied and are all possible without any significant extra expense — but none of them I fear will win elections.
Dr Paul Menin