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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

Winner

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.

Runner-up

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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