Thank you so very much for putting my sentiments down in such an eloquent way. I left my partnership in Glasgow recently aged 55 for the reasons you have outilined. I waited for the new contract and knew it was inadequate and resigned my partnership.
“the more compassionate the GP, the more likely they are to be broken by this powerlessness in the face of suffering”- this especially very much summed up my experience.
I now locum and feel more protected and distanced from the toxic work conditions expected of me by myself, patients, the NHS and the SG. I feel my experience of 30years as a doctor is wasted and I just have to suck it up and not dwell on it. That’s life! A shame when there is so much capacity of compassion and skill to give to people, given the right conditions.