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To be or not to be a GP partner?

Pulse’s investigation asking ‘Why has recruiting GPs become so hard?’ was interesting.

I joined general practice at a later age and initially I was enthusiastic, happy to be a generalist and looking forward to good teamwork and providing good patient care.

Nine years later I realise my hard work was misconstrued as selfish ambition, and the promises of partnership – always just outside my grasp – were lip service.

Now that I have a serious offer of partnership on the table, I am hesitant and reluctant. I realise I cannot identify with the current partners in charge. We have become a two- or three-tiered profession where going into partnership now feels like betraying one’s own.

GP in east London