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Sorry to disappoint, but RCGP isn't run by a cabal of government quislings


I think your conflict of interest is worth focusing on a little. Like many trainees there is a focus on the college as it is the lifeblood of your training. It holds the key to your career aims. I myself was much more pro RCGP when I was a trainee. You also seem to have continued ambition to further your advance within the college (to each their own). This does clearly colour your opinion of the college. Your time as a trainee has now almost ended and you will enter the workforce as an independent practitioner (less than full time wisely) in due course. I think you will be well aware that the importance of the college rapidly declines in relation to the nuts and bolts of actually surviving in GP world. When the college is no longer your master you tend to be more critical of its role and hence its public face. Its PR if you like. Here the RCGP has consistently been prone to targeting it's own and our feet with firearms. My note of caution would be that (as with all these establishments) they aim to create those in their own image, to further it's own existence and importance and (assumed) relevance. Its role is to train GPs essentially, its mission creep to other areas and its shockingly poor PR in doing so does it real harm.

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26 Jun 2017

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