When we launched our writing competition, I was fearful that we would end up with half a dozen entries, and that the quality would be poor, but we would be forced to put on a brave face and say how great they were. How wrong I was.
We ended up with more than 50 entries, and they were of the highest quality. The whole office was involved in scoring, and there were a few tears shed too.
We provided two potential themes: ‘The case I’ll never forget’ and ‘An hour with the health secretary’, with the vast majority choosing the former. The entries drew on everything to do with general practice, from what it means to do one’s best as a GP in the NHS to the workforce crisis facing the profession.
After a lot of reading, discussing and debating, the judges finally agreed on a winner and two runners-up that you can find below.
Would my best still be enough in today’s NHS? by Dr Zoe Rog
The vital door-handle question by Dr Paul O’Reilly
Gratification delayed – the reward of continuity by Dr David Salkin
Over the next fortnight, keep your eyes peeled as we will be publishing the top 12 on this page (the plan was top 10, but like I said, they were of a very high standard!). You can find any new additions below.
The straw that broke the camel’s back by Dr Gyda Meeten
Sometimes you’re in a race you can’t win by Dr Simon
We keep doing our duties and keep feeling helpless by Dr Rishika Sinha
Consulting from the comfy chair by Dr Charlotte Luke
To preserve patient dignity or take a risk? by Dr Anya Heywood
Twenty years of shared history and diagnostic blind alleys by Dr St John Daly
Taking the shortcut by Dr Hastie Salih