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Why I'm offering my full support to your GP manifesto campaign

The fight for core values

One issue really hit a nerve when you told us about your hopes and fears in the Agenda 2005 survey. Overwhelmingly, you felt the core values of general practice were being eroded. Once you were valued for your adaptable generalist skills, but these days specialism is en vogue. GPs, you told us, are only really respected if they come with a special interest attached.

You complained that the GP's bedrock role in co-ordinating care was being undermined by a rush of Government initiatives, from community matrons to commuter clinics. And your time with patients reduces by the day, as people morph into Read codes and quality targets.

Pulse has made protecting your core values the top target of our new campaign. The Government needs to value GPs for their uniquely varied set of skills and ensure they retain overall responsibility for patient care. It must recognise that GPs do not want to be clerks or bean counters. They want to be doctors.

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