2012 the year in review: The Better Safe Than Sorry award
As another momentous 12 months for general practice draws to a close, it’s time for Pulse’s end-of-year review. We once again nominate the great and the good for our Christmas awards – and celebrate five true heroes of general practice who have quietly done their bit to champion the profession
There’s frequent handwringing in the medical press about the rise of defensive medicine, but the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games took caution to a whole new level when it insisted that all medically qualified volunteers at the Olympics, including GPs, surgeons and dentists, sat through a training session in how to prescribe – wait for it – paracetamol. All a bit Twenty Twelve, perhaps, and dumbstruck delegates described the training session as ‘surreal’. But LOCOG was unrepentant. ‘We train all our volunteers, whether they are aware of the procedures or not,’ a spokesperson said. Safety first.