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2012 the year in review: The Teflon Desk 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


GPs being asked to do things that aren’t their job was a recurrent theme in 2012, with hospital trusts asking practices to take on phlebotomy, ECG scans and pre-anaesthetic checks. But surely the ultimate example came when Pulse revealed in April that GPs were being called into hospitals to register patients and treat them on wards.


Secondary care by no means has a monopoly on dumping work on GPs. Midwives earn a well-deserved mention for passing the buck on vaccinating pregnant women against whooping cough to GPs, citing an ‘increase in births’.

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