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'Why GP?' campaign takes off

A campaign highlighting why GPs love their jobs has taken off in recent days, using the moniker ‘Why GP?’.

The Because Project - started by Yorkshire-based GP and trainer Dr Dom Patterson - aims to encourage GPs to share the ‘wonder and privilege’ of being a GP.

Dr Patterson told Pulse he has launched the campaign because he noticed that ‘while well meaning and well produced’, the RCGP’s high-profile recruitment video launched earlier this year ‘just didn’t connect at all with the the younger students, F2s and trainees I spoke to’.

In response, scores of GPs have been sharing their reasons for being a GP on Twitter using the #whyGP hashtag and on the Why GP? website.

Dr Patterson works for Health Education England as a regional deputy director for postgraduate GP education and is an RCGP Council member, although he says the project is ‘a personal one and nothing to do with any of these roles’.

He told Pulse: ‘It is clear to me that in spite of all the current difficulties, the vast majority of GPs still love their jobs. This project simply tries to get people to stop and reflect on what it is about their job that means, in spite of everything else, they still love it.’

The Government has promised it will recruit an extra 5,000 GPs by 2020 but, despite pledges, last week Pulse reported that up to half of training places remain unfilled in some parts of England this year.


Readers' comments (25)

  • In NI profit per patient year is £ 60 for 7 consultations and increasing in 2015.
    In 2005, it was £ 80 for 4 consults.
    Crazy workloads. Factor in increasing blood tests, letters, paper work.
    Factor in increasing pension, withdrawal of MPIG, seniority.
    Certainly, go become a GP if you are completely mad.

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  • Can i say i am completely dismayed by the cynicism, the immature and most unhelpful comments from supposedly intelligent people.
    General Practice can be one of the most rewarding jobs, but like every job it can also on occasions be frustrating, but at the end of the day it is a very privileged job, strangers allowing us into their lives in the most sensitive and personal way often exposing their insecurities and fears and do it with such trust.
    So if we take a step back from the politics of the situation it is easy to see what a rewarding and privileged job it really is. I cannot help but feel the medical professionals who have such negativity towards GP may have lost insight into this, and dare I say may not be providing the best patient care.

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  • 10:13am, let me see you are a young naive GP who has got nothing to do GMC/CQC/NHS Englands, you probably see your watch and clock off at 630pm.

    if you are so bl---y dedicated why don't you take up a partnership and then see if you still see general practice with the rosy tinted glasses that you have on.

    yea, let me guess - you got better things to do after 630PM !!

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  • That people like this are running the RCGP is why we are doomed.

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