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Doc Martin could soon be a thing of the past

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As a semi retired GP I totally disagree that the job is the same at the end of your career as at the start Over the last 35 years GP land has seen many changes and the day job has changed markedly The best part is still the face to face consultations and the increased confidence that comes from disease pattern recognition and having seen most problems before The downside are all the telephone triage calls to try and ration the appointments and make sure that it is clinically safe The explosion in data that now needs to be read before filing into a patient record has become overwhelming and I still do not understand why we can’t have a repeat prescribing system like Australia where you issue the drug for up to three or six repeats and the patient gets it from the pharmacist with no more GP input The best part of being a GP is seeing a patient through an illness episode and I certainly hope that this continues as I still find it very rewarding as am sure we all do - I hope that never changes

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24 Feb 2018

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10:41am

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