Does it affect your medical defence premium if you phone for advice?

Published at www.lantum.com. Our recent GP survey showed that 52% of you are worried about litigation. However, medical defence premiums are soaring, with the Family Doctor Association reporting a 25% increase based on their member survey.    Many GPs are now worried that it might affect their defence premium if they phone their defence organisation if …

How to stop worrying as a GP

My only qualification to write this article is I’m a GP that worries a lot… Last week I was worrying about a patient I had seen earlier.  “I should have done some observations,” I thought, lying on the sofa at home.  “What if they were actually really sick?” In terms of the CBT principles, observations …

Why GPs should be wary of Karpman’s Drama Triangle

First published at www.lantum.com. Today Mr Hurting Bone came in steaming because his orthopaedic appointment went badly.  The consultant was rude, he was late, he didn’t explain, and when Mr H Bone asked questions, he ignored him.  When you ask Mr Bone what the consultant did say, Mr Bone says they said nothing.  Nothing!  Mr …

Europe’s refugee crisis: interview with a humanitarian doctor

Claire Davies speaks to Dr Farida Bhatti about her experience volunteering amongst refugees in the Greek Island of Lesbos. Published at www.lantum.com It’s an early November morning on the Greek island of Lesbos. Once a holiday island, its volcanic mountains are dotted with olive groves.  The tavernas are shaded by vines. But Lesbos is now …