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The sheer incompetency of those who negotiate with British doctors is staggering;

Senior hospital doctors have received pay rises of up to 28 per cent following the introduction of a “nonsensical” contract that allows them to refuse to work in the evenings and at weekends, a report warns.

Perhaps one cannot blame these doctors.They are getting paid more to work less, so they take the deal. But the patient is the big loser time after time. Even at local level, I find it harder and harder to get to see my GP. Out of hours cover is now russian roulette, and yo can be certain that if you DO get to see such a GP, then it will NOT be your regular GP! The entire trust structure between doctor and patient is being eroded and that is not a healthy thing to see happen but the primary responsibility lies with those people who put these contracts in place. They are called – politicians.

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9 thoughts on “PAID MORE, WORKING LESS

  1. My regular GP is totally useless anyway, it’s not a high-status branch of medicine anymore.

  2. One of life’s little ironies – July 5th 1948 was called ‘The Appointed Day’, (how statist does that sound?) – the day the NHS was to go ‘fully operational’.

    Happy Aniversry NHS, on your 65th birthday, – are you now going to retire gracefully?

    ‘Back then’, one of the big struggles was between the BMA, the doctors union, and the government, – the doctors didn’t want any part of it, – and if they did it would only be on their terms.

    So many arguments and meetings and at the end of the day even Bevan said that they, – the government – had made concessions on every sticking point, – and the BMA had made not a single one!

    Hence Bevan’s remark – “I stuffed their throats with gold”, when asked how he had persauded them to condescend to sign up!

    And so it has been ever since when Labour makes any suggestion, the BMA vetoes it, – ‘What the BMA wants, the BMA gets!’. Hence the catastrophic changes in 2009 which allows GP’s to work only when they want, how they want, and at the price they want!

    Today’s clinical service disaster is a direct result of that renegotiated agreemnt.

    It seems that the law of unintended consequence, is alive and well.

  3. And so, yet another professional pillar of the community ‘bites the dust’!

  4. Even at local level, I find it harder and harder to get to see my GP.

    If you aid your private GP enough David, then you would get better service.

  5. If you paid your private GP enough David, then you would get better service.

  6. FewsOrange,

    GP’s get extremely well paid, many in excess of 120,000 p.a. That many are ‘part-time’ in a practice and also do ‘stand-ins’ elsewhere at an exorbitant rate, – over £1,000 per eight hour shift has been mentioned several times in the media.

    There is being paying a ‘going price’ for a service, and then there is outright blackmail!

    Doctors have for ever been accorded respect as a matter of course in the communities where they practised, – with the onset or rampant bureacracy, they have paid more attention to ‘the system’ than to their patients – they have abused that respect that was so freely accorded, entirely forgetting that respect is earned.

    The tragedy is that respect, once lost is very difficult to regain, as GP’s will soon find out…

  7. People want to be doctors, people are willing to pay for their services. Therefore there is no reason at all why it should be difficult to see one.

    But as Friedman said, “if the government owned the Sahara, there’d be a shortage of sand in five years.”

    Always and everywhere that government imposes itself between producer and consumer, there will be cost inflation and shortages. Anyone who thinks that just a bit more government tinkering can solve this isn’t paying attention. Goverment meddling is the problem, as always.

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