Wednesday, 1 April 2015



Changing jobs today, and I am pleased to be moving on. As ChocolateAndCream said on the previous post, GP seems pretty love or hate, and I really don't think I liked it. This could be in part to the practice, which I felt abused its junior members and made us perform most of the work, having to stay late, but even without this I still don't think I would have really enjoyed it that much. The last day was hilarious, though. I had gone to hang out with the admin staff over my lunch break to say goodbye to everyone, and was helping one of the admin people open up letters to the GP. They get hundreds a day, as despite it being the 21st century email doesn't seem to have caught on (but fax has become quite popular).

One of these letters was suspiciously bulky, and addressed personally to one of our partners rather than just to 'GP'. Most are thin and typed, as they contain a few sheets of paper about a patient's hospital appointment, but this one was handwritten. I opened it cautiously, half considering that it may be full of anthrax, or some kind of bomb from a slighted patient. Inside I found an A4 sheet with both sides filled with scrawled handwriting, and about 100 pieces of pornography cut out from magazines and papers. The handwritten scrawl was difficult to understand, but seemed to say, in summary, that the patient was very happy with the care he had received from this one of our partners, and was enclosing a selection of 'presents' to thank him inside.

A strange goodbye to GP, it wasn't all bad, but I am going onto paediatrics now and am looking forward to the challenge! 


  1. Haha thanks for the little shout out! I loved GP (as you know :P). I think you're right, it is down to the practice most the time. The one I was on was absolutely lovely, all the partners were really relaxed and there didn't seem to be much of a emphasis on hierarchy. The trainees all seemed to be very happy although as they had exams coming up they were obviously stressed!

    Hope paediatrics goes well!

  2. Hahaha! Interesting choice of gift though!
    I am also a med student, who has just started writing blogs, it'l be great if you could look through and suggest some thigns! Thanks and good luck in paeds! :)
    Read Here!

  3. Hahaha! Interesting choice of gift though!
    I am also a med student, who has just started writing blogs, it'l be great if you could look through and suggest some thigns! Thanks and good luck in paeds! :)
    Read Here!

  4. Hi my name is Matthew I'm a producer at Channel 4 News. For our programme tonight we're covering Jeremy Hunt's pitch to encourage more junior doctors to become GPs. He's offering a 'golden hello'. I can see from your blog you've opted for paediatrics. Could we talk to you about your decision? It would be for today. I'm on 07880095808 thanks!. P.S. Any other junior doctors with strong views that happen to be reading this are very welcome to call me! Thanks

  5. Hello
    We are looking to interview early carers doctors for academic research. Any junior doctors out there who would like to participate, please get in touch with Christine Vie, An opportunity to tell your story.
    I paste below the project overview.

    The project seeks to explore the expectations and experiences of early career doctors working in the NHS. We are collecting data comprising the views, experiences and observations of early career doctors and nurses within the NHS in order to examine the following factors affecting their working lives:

    1.Sustainability (retention; austerity and cuts; occupational health and safety; work-life balance; long hours; low pay; job satisfaction, job destinations and mobility; emigration; (un)popularity of clinical fields; pensions; etc.)

    2. Inequalities (gender; race; age; recruitment and selection; job security; flexible working work-life balance; harassment and bullying; pay and promotion, etc.)

    3. Employment relations (clinical/public sector labour process; management control and regimes; unionization and organization; workplace co-worker relations; pay and performance, workplace cultures; changing morale; etc.)

    4. Skills and professionalism (initial training; professional work; knowledge work; emotional labour; body labour; in-service training and education)

    Our findings will be published in academic papers, conference proceedings, and disseminated via presentations to both academic and lay audiences. This may include your answers to our questions either word-for-word or in summary form, but we will never identify you or your place of work, and all data will be stored securely.

    With all my thanks, I look forward to your reply.

    Kind regards

    Christine Vie