Posted: Sunday, 23 April 2006
£300 000 may seem like an astronomical sum but that would be the same anywhere in the country with those sort of hours. Why should a western isle GP get paid any less for doing the same work? As has happened in many rural places - a single handed GP cannot balance family life with working 24/7 so they go and find another post. We are nationally short of GPs so that would not be difficult. How much will it cost to cover that GP's work using 2 locums when that GP 'burns out'? A lot more than £300 000, and that is if you could attract any locums!
happy doc from lake district
Happy Doc, I am not in the habit of getting personal towards individuals - in this case the sitting Barra GP. Suffice to say that local reports have him first denying that he earns Â£300k, denying that he posted this on a bulletin board under his username and password and subsequently advertising for a partner in the practice under the banner of being well-paid. As with so many things related to NHS Western Isles, this whole incident stinks to high heaven. And yet our health minister does a Pontius Pilate and washes his hands of the whole business. If not he, who can we call to account?
Arnish Lighthouse from Stornoway