GPs, MPs, and BS: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Today I read another great piece from Dr Edwin Kruys (here) about revalidation of doctors, specifically GPs. I won’t repeat his points as he has made them very eloquently but I will add a few of my own. The public don’t seem to be clamouring for revalidation of doctors. They don’t seem to be particularly worried about their GPs taking advantage of the system. They do, however, seem to be worried about politicians’ incompetence and rorting.

 

 

 

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politicians will fly…

 

 

So, if, as Edwin writes, only 1.5% of GPs are doing the wrong thing, and the public is not too concerned about this, and the watchmen – the politicians and their ilk – are performing at much lower standards of probity, how is revalidation going to help?

 

 

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes – Who watches the watchmen? You do. Our valued patients at Partridge Street General Practice will tell us if we’re not meeting their expectations. You can tell us here, here, here, and even here! You can see what we’re up to here and here. We are answerable to you – do your research, do your reading, check we’re registered – and book in here!

 

You can see any of our Great GPs right here:

 

 

Dr Gareth Boucher

Dr Penny Massy-Westropp

Dr Monika Moy

Dr Katherine Astill

Dr Nick Mouktaroudis

Dr Nick Tellis

 

 

See you soon!

The joys of pay for performance

Privacy. We’re beaten over the head with it daily. Don’t use unsecure email. Don’t divulge data to third parties. Don’t breach the privacy of doctor shoppers, prescription drug abusers, or violent patients. The big stick of million dollar fines awaits.

However, the elephant in the room is Government. It wants to be there for your smear, there for your tears, there in your private moments. Centrelink employees make the news each year by breaching privacy laws with little or no compensation for those affected.

Get the Government out of the consult room. Talk to your patients and give them care and value. It’s better all round.

Data Mining | partridgegp
https://partridgegp.com/2015/06/14/data-mining/

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Doctor's bag

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“G’day doc. I’m a little embarrassed to bring this up but…”

“No worries, you know you can be honest here. Let’s check your blood pressure first. It was a bit high last time.”

“Oh… ok. Not dangerously high I hope?”

“Well it was just above the benchmark, which is concerning. As you know I don’t get paid if I don’t look after your pressure. Let’s see… 140 over 90. Uh oh. I’m afraid we have to bump up your medications.”

“But doc, could it be stress? I wanted to tell you that…”

“Stress, stress… That’s all well and good but Medicare doesn’t care what the cause is. If it’s too high I miss out. And if I miss out you miss out, you know that don’t you? We also have to talk about your weight target. As I’ve told you before, if you don’t lose those extra pounds…

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