I’ve got a confession to make. It might not sit well with everyone and goes against the grain. I’ve read the articles, spoken to lots of people but despite all arguments to the contrary, I still feel the same.
I’m a young GP and I’m really looking forward to becoming a GP partner.
Some might call it the naivety of (relative) youth and ask me to reconsider my view after working for a few months, but at present I feel like it’s the best thing for me. I’ve worked as a salaried and as a locum GP and seen the pressure and workload the partners are under in all sorts of different rural and urban practices. I’ve seen the difficulty in recruiting first hand, I’ve seen the amount of meaningless admin they have to wade through and I’ve seen the weight of responsibility they carry. However, I’m finding more and…
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The lady in the blue dress strides up to the platform and proudly proclaims that her team will make 6000 new GPs within five years. The man in the red tie behind her chuckles. “Is that the best you’ve got? We’ll guarantee 8000 new GPs within 5 years!”
The other teams wait in the wings with their own numbers ready to trot out, each gaudier and glitzier than the last. In front of them, a cat yawns and then skulks away under a fence into the playground where a boy and a girl argue over the biggest number possible. Infintity+1 wins as always.
Meanwhile, at the front line in surgeries up and down the country, staff wonder how the man in the red tie can make 8000 new GP’s in five years when it takes ten years in the real world. Maybe he’s a magician? They also wonder how the lady…
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Cyborg GPs: healthcare in an imagined future
My second Guardian publication
There are regularly stories (either in the news or viral) about howmuchAmericanhealthcarecosts. I’ve blogged in the past about some of the causes. British healthcare is free at the point of delivery, so the patient doesn’t see the cost and people don’t know how expensive healthcare should be. But British internal prices are public information, so it’s easy to see approximately how much things cost in a well-run health service.
The prices do, however, need some interpreting and the government’s “simple guide” runs to 72 pages. I’m going to explain the system in a single (long) blog post. And then I’m going to take estimates of how much a British hospital bill would get for each of the linked hospital costs. The current costs are here (next year’s includes a 3.8% “efficiency saving” (read: underfunding)).
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