GPs are paid almost £1,500 a shift to work at nights and weekends plugging staff shortages in Accident and Emergency units, it has emerged. Family doctors – who can opt out of treating their own patients late at night or at weekends – are able to earn up to £120 an hour in working in overloaded A&E departments. A lack of out-of-hours services through GP surgeries has been blamed for growing numbers of people turning up at A&E for treatment. Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act, following a survey by the Daily Mail, shows that doctors can earn hourly rates varying from £50 an hour in Merseyside to £100 in Portsmouth. One recruitment firm pays GPs £120 an hour for a 12-hour shift – a total of £1,440 – at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. It comes after a poll found that a third of GPs think the public should be charged to attend A&E to deter those who do not need to do so. A study in 2011 estimated that unnecessary A&E visits are costing the NHS over £100 million a year.
Roger Goss, of the campaign group Patient Concern, told the paper: “GPs can’t be prepared to turn out for their own patients but they are happy to work elsewhere for a lot more money. “So much for the interests of the patients, it’s the interests of the doctors which are paramount. “The reason patients are going to A&E is because they can’t get into their own surgery.” Meanwhile figures from the European Commission suggested that Britain has fewer working doctors per head of population than almost all other EU country. The UK had 2.71 practising doctors for every 1,000 people – fewer than countries including Bulgaria, Estonia and Latvia.
However, in reality the true fact is GP’s earn premium rate per hour they yet do not do their jobs properly. When patients go to their GP they ushered to hurry up and can only complain about one medical condition they have. A secret which was later found out, they have a 10 minute timeframe. This is just pathetic.
GP’s call for £5 fee to prevent patients from abusing A&E
A news report / article in the Metro newspaper (London, 3 January 2014) says that time-wasters should be charged for visiting A&E. Well, one must ask who is the ‘time-waster’ or the actual problem-causer or what the actual cause of the problem is. Whether it’s a minor or urgent problem you can never get an appointment with a GP. There is usually a two week wait because they don’t have enough appointments to see another patient. On top of that if one doctor is not available with appointments patients are not allowed to see another GP in the same practice even though they have central records on computer and manually. That is just not simply pathetic. On top of that while employees in all other different jobs work late, in the evenings and night, GP’s don’t. So, who is the actual cause of the so-called ‘time-waster’ ? Is it not the GP’s ? This is GP’s going back on their own word which is also known as hypocrisy.
GP’s have a lovely cushy job in their snug office(s). Most of the time it has been observed GP’s walking around moving bits of paper from one place to another or drinking coffee. Drinking coffee or eating or relaxing is not bad but they are simply not working hard enough or doing their job properly. Working hard means staying late and seeing patients and opening on weekends. We all have families and life outside work – GP’s are not any special that they should earn premium hourly salary and not do their work properly. Out of hours doctors exists but they are useless, they are very limited on what they can do because they don’t have patients full medical record so they must go to their GP. So once again it is a ‘cat & mouse’ game of running after an appointment.
Many 100% true incidents have been observed. One example is, in one surgery in East London a doctor has been found snoozing because not many patients go to see him. Immediately upon opening the door for an appointment it had been noticed his immediate state what he was doing before. In another example, in the same surgery a new doctor which also does not have many patients going to her had a mini iPad under her desk. During a consultation with that doctor it was soon realised there were very faint sounds coming from somewhere upon observation it was soon realised there was mini iPad under the table with itv on.
In general doctors just do not work hard enough. They take too long to do write-ups, make notes, their computers do not always work properly or are slow, and some doctors type with two fingers only. Moreover, GP’s do not work as hard as hospital doctors. GP’s should be given a kick up their backside to get a move on and stop being lazy, they are not very efficient at all. GP’s do not try and work hard enough. If GP’s worked hard enough they would work late and see more patients, this would reduce the need for patients to go to A&E. It is the GP’s which are the cause of time-wasters. Instead of charging patients visiting A&E GP’s salaries should be cut as a disciplinary measure until they are up to their job.
It can also be argued why is all this happening ? To put it shortly and bluntly – whoever is responsible at the top, be it the PCT (Primary Care Trust) or NHS – are lax in their service. GP’s do not have a line manager or supervisor to oversee them like in other jobs. The practice manager is only responsible for the overall running of the surgery, not ushering them to get a move on or stay open late or open on weekends.