I think, ok yes, GPs get paid a hell of a lot (I think the average is around £106,000 a year, about £123,000 if with pharmacy attached to the surgery...someone correct me if I'm wrong...), but they do a valuable and stressful job. I know it is easy to think of it as just an office job with more face to face interaction but they do work hard and obv have a very crucial role in society's wellbeing.
As for working longer hours, hmmm, it's a toughie. I'm sure happy doctors make the most effecient and effective doctors and keeping them away from their families until 8pm each night does probably not a happy doctor make. I think (although I am loath to say it) that GP drop ins in supermarkets etc, like the one being trialled in Superdrug atm, are probably the way forward. However, as temporary emergency measures. I'm not too keen on the more general polyclinics. I think it is important for doctors and patients to have a good relationship and for patients to feel comfortable and familiar with their surgery.
it peeves me off to read of the Goverment attempting to bully GPs into opening on saturdays and longer into the evenings - they have families and lives outside of work tooo - indeed thats essential in such a stressful job.
Imagine the uproar if the Goverment tried the same thing with the paper pushers at HMRC - they only do it to GPs (and the only reason they can) is because GPs refuse to strike.
There was a letter to the Times published yesterday - a GP calculated that after costs the practice would get something like just under £50 for the effort.
Practice appointment open hours do not = hours the GP is working.
The standard in the last practice I was placed in was appointments from 8.30 - 12.30, then 2 - 4.30pm.
Easy life... only they were in before 8.30 to deal with correspondence/messages; the leisurely lunch break included telephone consultations, house visits, dictating referrals and meetings; after the last standard bookable appointments were private ones (but for things a patient would expect their GP to do e.g. medicals/insurance stuff), any 'emergency appointments', telephone consultations & more paperwork.
Anyhow, if you're in a city could you change practice to one with open hours that better suit you? Is there a feedback system for you to tell your current practice how inconvenient you find the opening time (mine are quite keen on surveys...)? Could your query be dealt with over the phone? Is it an emergency that warrants out of hours/walk-in centre care? Could you consider arranging time off to go?
All that has been asked for is 3 extra hours per week.
Not a lot to ask.
Considering since the last pay deal GPs are paid more to and are doing less work according to the report released earlier this year
How would you feel if your employer unilaterally decided to increase your hours by 3 hours per week? GPs did well from the new pay deal because the government underestimated the proportion of targets that would be met; that can't be used to justify un-negotiated and uncompensated imposition of additional workload.
My parents are GP's and I can say this:
yes they take back a fair bit, but they are *not* salaried, they are given £X budget to run the whole surgery. As the rest of the NHS is ineffective, as hospital owners etc do not get to keep the surplus money, GP's get their budgets based on the 'going rate' if you get me
So the budget is too high because GP surgeries are run like a private business, so will actually work to minimize costs / be economically efficient, whereas there is no incentive for any other branch of the NHS to do so.
In effect, yes maybe they do take too much, but they do run the practice more efficiently than other parts of the NHS, and I don't believe it to be the real point - the point is that both parties agreed to the contract, so the government should not go back on it now. All the things in the news about GP's taking more than they deserve is just propaganda, putting public pressure on GPs to take more on - but in reality it misses the point that you cant go and change a deal afterwards.
Dont know much about this issue, but i have a few thoughts. Firstly i am sick of people having a go at people who earn a good salary. Its not like they wandered into the job and sit around all day, its a demanding job as are others of a comparable wage. Yes its a lot, but its a job that in my opinion should earn a lot. Just because it is a good wage doesnt mean that you can start saying well they earn loads they should do all this other stuff as well.
The pay is disguating. What about nurses? Or do they not matter?