Why can't we all be GPs?
I fully endorse the suggestion that a name change is needed from the negative non-principal title. I suggest we should be called 'independent GPs'. This gives status to our role, and emphasises the fact that we are neither attached to a practice (as an 'assistant'), nor an employee of the NHS bureaucracy, (as a 'principal' under the NHS).
It paves the way for independent GPs offering private sessions as an alternative to the increasing hoop-jumping and petty restrictions imposed on poor 'principals'.
Dr John Marr, independent GP
While non-principals are agonising over what to call themselves. consider this: from next April there will be no such thing as a 'principal'. When I was a council member of the National Association of Non-Principals way back when, I made the following suggestion: why don't we call ourselves 'GPs'? It works for me. It was evidently too radical at the time, but times change.
Dr Peter Harvey, Norfolk