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GPs 'in no-man's land' over statin prescribing

GP morale will suffer under the new contract because it focuses on treating diseases not patients, Dr Karen Fairhurst's research concludes. Dr Fairhurst interviewed 19 GPs on what gave them most satisfaction about their consultations.

She found GPs placed high value on their technical skill, sense of knowing the patient and thinking of the consultation as part of a wider picture.

Dr Fairhurst, a GP in Edinburgh, said these findings were at odds with the contract's emphasis on disease indicators.

She added: 'Doctors see patients as people and not just statistics related to a disease.'

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