All good points, and tbh it's not a topic I have a great knowledge of.Except that the ONS statistics show that doctors are less likely to commit suicide than many other professions. Cherry-picking individual cases won't alter the official national statistics, and none of the studies you linked to has reliable hard data to back them up.
Indeed, the first article admits that the figures used are 'estimates' and are, in any case, 'old'. The studies referenced by the second article says that the data are contradictory but show a decrease over time. The third also states that the numbers it uses are 'estimates'.
Now using estimates and contradictory data is fine so long as it is acknowledged (and this is), but it its veracity is superseded when you have the official numbers.
Printing such stuff is unlikely to be helpful to anyone, and basing care quality on patient reviews is a terrible methodology.The Edinburgh Evening News published a list of the 10 Medial Practices in the city with the worst patient satisfaction ratings.
My surgery, which basically refuses to actually see patients outside of Zoom calls, came 8th. Which didn't surprise me in the least.
Printing such stuff is unlikely to be helpful to anyone, and basing care quality on patient reviews is a terrible methodology.
it's just easy clickbait lazy journalism.
Patient feedback is effectively unregulated and unverifiable, one side of a story that can't be confirmed or rebutted.Disagree. If doctors aren't treating patients in the most efficient manner, they deserve to be held to account. Phone and Zoom calls simply aren't as good as actually being examined by a doctor on nurse in the flesh, so to speak.
Patient feedback is effectively unregulated and unverifiable, one side of a story that can't be confirmed or rebutted.
I agree feedback can be useful, but it often isn't, and simply acts as a vent for the dissatisfied.
Agree ftf is often better than zoom, but not always. it depends a bit on what the expected outcome of the consultation is.
As with all this stuff, it's a bit more complicated than people often try to make it appear
My mate at work got assessed as not requiring PiP because he was not sufficiently immobile. This was over a telephone by a Crapita minion.If had phonecalls with GPs who don’t even recognise I’m disabled.
Interestingly...or not, I earned about £60k a years working as an Inst. Tech, on a Petrochemical Facility on Teesside, so about average for anyone with qualifications and vocational training...Up here, kicks off about 40k-ish, then it increments up to about 65k + or -.
About the same as some train drivers.
Eventually long termers will nudge the 95k mark + or -.
Back in the day, my GP Dad got £1.00 per capita of patient list P/a.
The big bonuses were in the 10 bob per emigrator jabs.
Mind you, in '65 I think our new Beetle cost about £850 or summat.
Shift patterns, 9 day fortnight working patterns, there are lots of ways of running a service where you provide 7 day a week service, just not all staff at work at the same time. Rotating the staffing creates flexibility...Were are all these Saturday appointment slots supposed to come from?
It either means less slots during the week or expecting GPs (and their supporting staff) to work a 6 day week.
Or somehow magicking up a load of new GPs from somewhere
In my experience, the chances of a GP or Nurse Practitioner accurately diagnosing an IT band strain from a face-to-face appointment are about as high as a consulting an African witch doctor. Unless you are very, very lucky and happen to have a GP or Nurse Practitioner who is a runner.A phone consultation certainly wasn't good enough in my case. In April, I felt pain in my right hamstring and along the outside of my knee while jogging. I knocked the run on the head and went home. The next day I was still limping badly and phoned the practice. No face to face appointments at this time, but they would arrange the practice nurse to call me back later that day.
After a five minute conversation, the nurse diagnosed me with an IT Band strain. Rest it for a month or so, use Ibuprofen for pain relief and it should heal itself.
Three months later and my right knee is still causing me problems. So I paid £60 for an appointment with a physiotherapist at a sport's injury clinic. That bought me a half-hour assessment in which the physio examined my leg and asked me to move it through various ranges and directions.
Turned out it wasn't an IT Band strain at all. It was an imbalance in my right hamstring. Just resting it would only do so much good. I needed to strengthen it by performing various exercises, which the physio demonstrated. She also emailed me a video of my rehab program.
So, three months and sixty quid after an incorrect diagnosis, I'm finally starting to fix the problem. Perhaps if my practice had been willing to see me in person. I might have saved the time and the money,
In my experience, the chances of a GP or Nurse Practitioner accurately diagnosing an IT band strain from a face-to-face appointment are about as high as a consulting an African witch doctor. Unless you are very, very lucky and happen to have a GP or Nurse Practitioner who is a runner.