I read an article in The Times magazine last week entitled ‘Britain’s Top Doctors’.
It was very interesting and provided a useful insight into the careers of some of the names we come across in our work and in the medical literature.
What was disappointing, however, especially as the introduction was by Dr Mark Porter (a GP), was the fact that there was no mention of GPs in the list.
Are we not specialists in our own field? The vast majority of patient contact with doctors is with GPs and there are many champions in the field who do pioneering work.
I do understand this particular article was designed to provide patients with some information when choosing a specialist, but patients are also allowed to move practices and choose GPs, so if you’re lucky enough to live in the are a of a GP champion, why not be allowed to have that information?
From Dr Haroon Siddique