South-West GPs threaten to quit over rising workloads

Chard & Ilminster News: South-West GPs threaten to quit over rising workloads South-West GPs threaten to quit over rising workloads

SEVERAL disillusioned GPs are considering a career change due to increased workloads and Government targets, it has been claimed.

A leading Somerset doctor says many are frustrated at increasing emphasis on targets rather than face-to-face patient care, meaning it will be harder to see your chosen doctor when you want to.

A Local Medical Committee survey in the South-West attracted responses from 2,700 out of 6,000 GPs and showed:

  • 67% said their practices would struggle to remain viable;
  • 93% said working days are getting longer;
  • 96% believe the intensity of their work has increased;
  • 94% reckon their work is more complex;
  • 48% are considering switching careers or some form of retirement;
  • 84% say their workload won’t be sustainable with red-uctions in resources to practices from April.

Somerset LMC chairman Dr Sue Roberts said the problem has been created by a Govern-ment “tick box culture” where targets reduce patient contact.

She said: “They’re asking us to do lots more work in addition to what we’re already doing.

“GPs are already at capacity and our workload has increased year-on- year.

“Introducing targets and measurements ignores the personal care practices give patients.

“I’m not dealing with virtual patients – I want to deal with a patient sitting with me in the consulting room.

“Patients are waiting longer to see their chosen GP and it’s going to get worse.

“Some GPs are looking to go early, maybe doing some locum work or leaving GP practice and working in a completely different area.”

The Department of Health denies that patient care will suffer.

A spokesman said: “In the new health and care system people will have more say about the care they receive, and doctors, nurses and other health and care professionals will have more freedom to shape services to meet people’s needs.”

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11:06am Tue 12 Feb 13

souwesterly says...

Just like the nurses, GPs are disappearing under paperwork. Instead of dealing with their patients, both parties are forced to spend most of their time filling in forms.
My GP told me that she could see twice as many patients if she didn't have to deal with all the unnecessary forms.
That's the sign of a top-heavy establishment - too many useless pen-pushing 'managers' with nothing better to do than to ask their workers to do paperwork for them.
The whole NHS needs a seriously severe looking into before it collapses under the weight of manager's salaries, their bonuses - and useless targets and paperwork.
Just like the nurses, GPs are disappearing under paperwork. Instead of dealing with their patients, both parties are forced to spend most of their time filling in forms. My GP told me that she could see twice as many patients if she didn't have to deal with all the unnecessary forms. That's the sign of a top-heavy establishment - too many useless pen-pushing 'managers' with nothing better to do than to ask their workers to do paperwork for them. The whole NHS needs a seriously severe looking into before it collapses under the weight of manager's salaries, their bonuses - and useless targets and paperwork. souwesterly
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12:28pm Tue 12 Feb 13

philnicholls says...

Yeah it's a tough job but they get paid very well, employ a PA. Or they could work very hard in a factory for a pittance. I know where i'd rather be if only I had the brains.
Yeah it's a tough job but they get paid very well, employ a PA. Or they could work very hard in a factory for a pittance. I know where i'd rather be if only I had the brains. philnicholls
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3:10am Wed 13 Feb 13

BaldCarl2 says...

philnicholls wrote:
Yeah it's a tough job but they get paid very well, employ a PA. Or they could work very hard in a factory for a pittance. I know where i'd rather be if only I had the brains.
Dangerous?
[quote][p][bold]philnicholls[/bold] wrote: Yeah it's a tough job but they get paid very well, employ a PA. Or they could work very hard in a factory for a pittance. I know where i'd rather be if only I had the brains.[/p][/quote]Dangerous? BaldCarl2
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8:12am Wed 13 Feb 13

Mi_Coc says...

As said with their pay grade come responsibility if you worked in the real world aka the private sector they would see that 60k plus jobs come with lots of hours responsibility and paper works. Having served in the police service I can appreciate to a certain degree that paper work can be excessive but having clear concise records is important especially if something goes wrong.
As said with their pay grade come responsibility if you worked in the real world aka the private sector they would see that 60k plus jobs come with lots of hours responsibility and paper works. Having served in the police service I can appreciate to a certain degree that paper work can be excessive but having clear concise records is important especially if something goes wrong. Mi_Coc
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8:47am Wed 13 Feb 13

FreeSpeech? says...

Excessive and pointless paperwork has always been a problem in the public sectors but since the NHS has been allowed to be run by trusts its gone way out of control and I'm sure they employ managers to think up new paperwork just to keep themselves in a job. Regarding the comment about if they can't stick it get a job in a factory, when I'm ill I like to see my own experienced competent doctor, not some pencil neck who just qualified who prefers paperwork to patients.
Excessive and pointless paperwork has always been a problem in the public sectors but since the NHS has been allowed to be run by trusts its gone way out of control and I'm sure they employ managers to think up new paperwork just to keep themselves in a job. Regarding the comment about if they can't stick it get a job in a factory, when I'm ill I like to see my own experienced competent doctor, not some pencil neck who just qualified who prefers paperwork to patients. FreeSpeech?
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