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Professor Simon Gregory: ‘I want GPs to feel valued – that’s not universal yet’


GP used to be a job that people would do full time for decades, and GPs often had to be persuaded to stop. Now people do as little as possible and stop as soon as possible. Something has changed, and for a supposedly intelligent individual the Prof shows surprising little interest in what that might be. Part-timers rarely have the same commitment to a Practice as full-timers, why should they? And part-timers will struggle to acquire the same depth of knowledge and experience. Patients prefer to see "their doctor", and knowing your patients and getting good at the job makes life better for the Doctors. Part-timers have a role and make a useful contribution, but anyone who thinks you can run a good service without a central role for full time Partners is delusional. Equally delusional is the belief that GP manpower problems can be resolved without addressing why people no longer want to do the job.

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09 Oct 2019

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