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If I go down, the NHS goes with me


I can well understand the pressure and frustration because as we all know the presentation of the same symptoms time after time does not mean that each patient has the same condition. However, there are occasions in certain aspects of medicine where GP's have particularly poor diagnostic knowledge but chose to take responsibility for triage, when other Primary Care clinicians exist, with much greater diagnostic skills, and are much more cost effective. MSK medicine is just one example. If GP's recognised and accepted the limitations of their medical knowledge and endorsed and worked in hand with pertinent diagnostic skill bases, they could facilitate greater time and effort to focus on the patients where their diagnostic skills relevant to their training paradigm best relate. Is the reluctance to move to accept the knowledge of others based on historic intransigence, egotistical arrogance, or a fear that the commissioners might realise that GP's are not indispensable?

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31 Aug 2016

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