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Practices need sessions policy

In the feature '3 GPs' views', three GPs discuss the scenario where a 'troubled partner is making errors' (July 21). Apparently Andrew 'does numerous

co-op sessions on top of his full-time work'. Instead of picking up on this vital issue your three GPs go into patronising mode and advise on 'support and understanding', monetary advice and the like, and even consider referring the poor chap for counselling, helplines and so on.

I would suggest it is more important to have a practice meeting and decide that all partners do the same number of co-op sessions and that a partner may only do more if there is unanimous agreement. Indeed I am amazed this is not already part of the basic rules of the practice.

As for falling asleep during afternoon surgery ­ since when was that abnormal? A quick catnap between patients can be wonderfully restorative.

Dr Selwyn Goodacre



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