I blame Psychiatrist; they are overpaid for what they do

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I now lay the blame for the current situation with my mum on the Psychiatrists. They’ve become such an unquestionable “elite” class of physicians in the NHS – I think they’ve started to believe in their own self-importance. They’ve become high on their own irreplaceable status coupled with the amount of suffering they have to investigate – I think most are just plain emotionally fatigued. They are just doing it for the money.

The average Psychiatrist Salary in the United Kingdom is £62,427. That’s a figure I Googled; but that’s the average. I’ve seen some jobs advertised for about £130k. At a tax rate of 40% - a Psychiatrist could bring home £37k on an average salary. Still decent pay for pill-pushing and an hour chat with patients, don’t you think?

A former Mental Health manager admitted to me that the particular Mental Health team from our nick of the woods – is utterly useless. Not naming names, but it’s in the North of England where there is a famous Cathedral. That team is just plain incompetent and careless. They should all be sacked; even the good staff – just to level the field and start a fresh. No one would give a white coat and a stethoscope to a low-IQ untrained man off the streets so that they can call him a doctor would they? Yet taking a nurse and then giving her the authority of a Social Worker is what they are doing in this so called ”Mental Health Team.” Their incompetence and lack of professionalism is the only thing that’s shining through.

But that can be forgiven. The NHS is struggling with staffing shortages; they have to recruit cheap to fill the most essential of services. It’s like the Police; the height restrictions from years past has gone out of the window; anyone willing to work the arduous night shifts is very much welcome. So the incompetent nurse doing the job of a Social Worker – is very much the emergency stopgap-solution that we all must accept. But the psychiatrist – who can do so much – but is too scared to face the music if he or she does something that turns out for the worse; should we tolerate them – on the wage they get?

Is it really true that mental health physicians are taught to not assume they can fix problems of the mind methodically? That their efforts at fixing a problem stands more chance of making things worse – than better? If that is the case – then they should all be disbanded; psychiatry should be deleted as a practice; cowardice should not be rewarded an average wage of £62k a year. If they can’t do their job for fear of bad diagnosis and incorrect prescriptions – then they are next to useless; they are parasitizing the NHS in that case. From my experience, they are not fit for purposes. They are paid for the risk of getting it wrong, rather than getting it right and helping patients.

And if I have a Mental Health problem myself – I would Google it or find a Youtube channel. The last person I’d see is a career pill-pusher.
Victor_1805 wrote:
Sat Nov 16, 2019 3:56 am
I now lay the blame for the current situation with my mum on the Psychiatrists. They’ve become such an unquestionable “elite” class of physicians in the NHS – I think they’ve started to believe in their own self-importance. They’ve become high on their own irreplaceable status coupled with the amount of suffering they have to investigate – I think most are just plain emotionally fatigued. They are just doing it for the money.

The average Psychiatrist Salary in the United Kingdom is £62,427. That’s a figure I Googled; but that’s the average. I’ve seen some jobs advertised for about £130k. At a tax rate of 40% - a Psychiatrist could bring home £37k on an average salary. Still decent pay for pill-pushing and an hour chat with patients, don’t you think?

A former Mental Health manager admitted to me that the particular Mental Health team from our nick of the woods – is utterly useless. Not naming names, but it’s in the North of England where there is a famous Cathedral. That team is just plain incompetent and careless. They should all be sacked; even the good staff – just to level the field and start a fresh. No one would give a white coat and a stethoscope to a low-IQ untrained man off the streets so that they can call him a doctor would they? Yet taking a nurse and then giving her the authority of a Social Worker is what they are doing in this so called ”Mental Health Team.” Their incompetence and lack of professionalism is the only thing that’s shining through.

But that can be forgiven. The NHS is struggling with staffing shortages; they have to recruit cheap to fill the most essential of services. It’s like the Police; the height restrictions from years past has gone out of the window; anyone willing to work the arduous night shifts is very much welcome. So the incompetent nurse doing the job of a Social Worker – is very much the emergency stopgap-solution that we all must accept. But the psychiatrist – who can do so much – but is too scared to face the music if he or she does something that turns out for the worse; should we tolerate them – on the wage they get?

Is it really true that mental health physicians are taught to not assume they can fix problems of the mind methodically? That their efforts at fixing a problem stands more chance of making things worse – than better? If that is the case – then they should all be disbanded; psychiatry should be deleted as a practice; cowardice should not be rewarded an average wage of £62k a year. If they can’t do their job for fear of bad diagnosis and incorrect prescriptions – then they are next to useless; they are parasitizing the NHS in that case. From my experience, they are not fit for purposes. They are paid for the risk of getting it wrong, rather than getting it right and helping patients.

And if I have a Mental Health problem myself – I would Google it or find a Youtube channel. The last person I’d see is a career pill-pusher.
Can you find another doctor or not? I agree. I hated my brother’s first ever urologist from the outset. I wrote a polite email and copied in the head of department as well. This is a national issue. The newspapers might be interested. Sell it as a human rights story for full impact. I concur with you. On the other hand since I work with children and adults with physical disabilities I have met a number of professional caring kind specialists.