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End negative perception of GPs, say MSPs

‘Badmouthing’ of general practice in medical schools is leading to GPs being viewed as second class and is likely undermining attempts to boost recruitment, a Government committee has warned.

In a letter to Scottish health secretary Shona Robison, the Health and Sport Committee said while some work was being done to address the portrayal of general practice as ‘unattractive’, efforts to boost recruitment are ‘unlikely to be successful without first addressing the negative perception of general practice within medicine’.

The committee also raised concern about the ‘motivation’ of GPs in leading a multi-disciplinary team under new proposals for GP hubs.

The committee had heard that around 25-30% of the current GP workload could be done by other staff including nurses, pharmacists and physiotherapists.

All those giving evidence had agreed that the GP should be the ‘glue holding the team together’.

But the committee said: ‘We would welcome from the Scottish Government detail in relation to the mechanism by which they will ensure full co-operation and participation from GPs in the development and delivery of a true multi-disciplinary team partnership.’

Scottish GPC chair Dr Alan McDevitt said the profession was working with the Scottish Government to tackle many of these issues through the contract negotiations.

‘This contract forms part of a wider vision of primary care that is based on an expanded multidisciplinary team.

‘Patients will continue to be able to access their GPs but will have greater choice about who is most appropriate for their needs.’

He added the strategy would help ease workload pressures which are contributing to problems recruiting and retaining GPs.

The warning comes after a landmark review into attitudes to general practice in English medical schools said issues with ’tribalism, negativity and finance’ are deterring students who see it as a ’low status’ option.



Readers' comments (7)

  • "‘Badmouthing’ of general practice in MEDICAL SCHOOLS is leading to GPs being viewed as second class" !!

    What about the daily rubbishing of GPs by the Daily Mail?

    And what about the Governement attitude and bureaucracy?

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  • The job is 🤖☠️👿👹. Medical students are not stupid. Until the job becomes enjoyable Doctors will stay away.

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  • Jeremy Hunt is the worst "bad-mouther".

    This political "gangster" should resign immediately.

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  • The reason GPs have reservations about MDTs is that they will carry all the risk and get little relief, but far more complexity.

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  • How do you know whether or not the patient needed to see a GP until after they've been seen? Anyone who thinks this is a stupid question has probably never worked as a GP. If the answer is 'triage' then please tell me who is going to be doing the triage? Other GPs? 111??? How long to you allocate to triage? Where is the hard evidence, on a service-wide national basis, that this is going to save any time or money at all? Can someone explain why this isn't simply a recipe to increase consultation rates. Can someone please answer these questions FIRST before redesigning the whole service on the assumption 1/3 of all patients 'could have seen someone else' whilst quoting fanciful fictitious fag packet projections of potential savings.

    There's so much bull banded about these days it's painful. There is no hope...the whole service is being redesigned by clueless people who do nothing but sit on committees and provide 'advice' on stuff they don't know more than a passing dickie bird about. Amazing stupidity everywhere

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  • Nonsense. The fact pay and conditions r terrible is why no one wants to do general practice. Clearly a smoke

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  • Well, MPs can start by decreasing the work load, increasing the pay, keeping the retirement age to be same as the consultants, cover CQC fees, reform GMC to be in line with the common law, and introduce crown indemnity.

    What? That's too expensive for you? Sorry med students are not interested then......

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