Before you raise your expertly plucked eyebrow, please understand I mean that ironically. No-one else expects me to be that toned, honed, all achieving gladiator of a woman, except me. I know I am far from alone in wanting to succeed, to exceed in fact, at everything I do. But despite an 8th day being on my Christmas wish list, last time I checked there were only 7 days in the week.
Consider this scenario: an anxious new mum, sat in those seats in the corner trying to settle her 6 week old colicky baby. Whilst half the waiting room coo over this new bundle-of-joy, she is feeling confused and holding back the tears. It may have taken significant courage to actually pick up the phone and book this appointment.
Today I considered adding my own information to this app, but somehow I just don't feel comfortable sharing my vital stats with a faceless app, yet. Maybe that's where Babylon Health and Push Doctor come into play - they bridge the gap between tech and health with at least some form of human contact.
The reality is that children are getting fatter because they live in a society that encourages weight gain and obesity. Poor diet has become a feature of our children's lives, with junk food more readily available, and food manufacturers bombarding children with their marketing every day for food and drinks that are extremely bad for their health.
Maybe there really is just a sense of futility about the whole thing. Maybe it would be easier to sit back and let the powers that be take control and dismantle our health service, transforming it into whatever they feel is the best for the British public. My issue with this argument is that it is not for the government to decide for us. As many of the fantastic speakers at Crash Call reminded us, this is OUR NHS. We pay for it and we use it, so we should have a say in its future.
Would you turn down a £20,000 Golden Hello to move to a part of the country that was recruiting for your job? If it were a newspaper that were short of journalists, I wonder would the writers of these articles stand on their high morals and ignore such an offer? I often want to ask the people who complain about our pay, what they think a GP should earn? What is an acceptable income to them? After all, I'm frequently reminded they pay my wages. Patients feel entitled to question my pay, and have done so in consultations. I am so taken aback by this, I am never able to answer them properly. Perhaps at the end of the consultation I should ask if they feel I have earned my pay for that particular 10 minutes? Did they get the antibiotics they wanted for their cold? Or if not, should I hand them a cheque as they leave?
There are 10 appointments left for today. There are 10,000 patients. My three colleagues are here all day, but one can't help with the home visits. They have a meeting about commissioning services in the local area. A brilliant idea from the government. But there is no time or money allocated for them to attend this meeting. So that means there are just three of us. At 8.10 there are 20 patients waiting for me to ring them back. At 8.30 there are 53.
We are currently in an professional environment where research-driven process is not being balanced by common sense. Even with all its failings there should always be a place for the dissenting voice born through experience to keep in check the march of the technocrat born through academic research.