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Save would-be GPs from our profession

You reported that Dr Sarah Wollaston MP had addressed the Secretary of State over her concerns for workforce planning.

But how ignorant would a medical student have to be to even consider general practice, given that funding is set to decrease, workload is going up, at the end of your career your pension will be in tatters, there’s a potential return of out-of-hours cover looming, the public/media/Government currently hold an ‘anti-doctor’ stance, and our leaders have demonstrated a paralytic approach to negotiating?

Having heroically failed at protecting current GPs, shouldn’t those who can do so be looking to inform and (re)direct naive graduates?

Dr Hrishi Pathak, Stoke

Readers' comments (2)

  • I'm not sure how your letter is supposed to help your profession and peers. I'm just glad there are far more people who are deserving ambassadors for general practice.

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  • This letter makes for an upsetting read. There are many medical students who find the idea of general practice hugely appealing and a fulfilling career prospect. We should be encouraging tomorrow's GPs and working towards ensuring that they are involved in discussions of any policy changes that will affect their practice in the future.

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