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'Specialists in generalism' undersells GPs


Just because we don't know everything about a subject (the old word for speciality, or specialty) doesn't mean we don't know anything. Don't sell GPs short - we do a huge amount of general medicine, especially all the QOF stuff. It's laughable seeing letters from say a chest physician advising us how to mange a simple diabetes problem, assuming that because he's a consultant physician that he will know more about the out patient management of diabetes than we will. I'm not saying that every GP knows that sulphonylureas can cause hypoglycaemia, but a third of hospital doctors didn't in a recent survey, and I accept that Orthopods use the BNF to stop a desk from wobbling if one leg is too short, but even so, when you look at all the stuff we haven't forgotten from medical school, and then add what we've learnt since, we know a hell of a lot. It does annoy me though the difference in pay I get for a joint injection, and what the BUPA orthopod charges the same patient.

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14 Oct 2017

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