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The high respect people hold for their GP has been a feature of virtually every public opinion survey since polling began. A YouGov survey this week reiterates this. But it also shows something more – how much patients understand the difficulties GPs face. For instance, almost all recognise it is not feasible for GPs to be on-call at all hours and don't want to be seen by a doctor who is stressed-out.

Crucially the results also show how concerned people are about the fragmentation of primary care. More than half were worried they were less and less likely to see their own doctor. GPs know ministers' obsession with access and increasing competition in health care means this trend will increase.

As another election approaches and politicians clamour for votes, the GPC must harness this public support to fight against the break-up of primary care and the further erosion of GPs' much-valued role.

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