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How many GPs does it take to change a lightbulb?

‘It sometimes seems the reflex answer to any issue in health is ‘More GPs!’’ says Dr Gavin Jamie

Your story (‘CCG calls GPs into “crisis point” hospital to help assess every patient for discharge’), reminded me of a joke on Twitter a few weeks ago: ‘Q: How many National Rifle Association members does it take to change a lightbulb? A: More guns!’ 

It sometimes seems the reflex answer to any issue in health is ‘More GPs!’ While this faith in our omnipotence is touching, it may be seen by others as arrogance or even pomposity. Hospitals are full of excellent doctors capable of making good assessments of their patients. Could they benefit from more knowledge of community care? Quite possibly. But let’s respect them, let them do their job and fund decent and prompt community care.

From Dr Gavin Jamie, Swindon

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  • I'm waiting to hear someone blame GPs for the blown light bulb.

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  • Or for missing the blown light bulb, in a room full of variably dim light bulbs whilst being told not to turn on the lights, refer to an electrician or not fitting the criteria to buy a 'blown light bulb detector'.

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  • Maybe the lightbulb has a hidden agenda, and does not want to be changed

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  • One very famous doctor was overheard in conversation on this very topic:

    "But Holmes, I don't know how to change a light bulb."

    "Filamentary, my dear Watson"

    So the answer is one - so long as his consultant is available.

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