Letters

The nature of general practice

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7043.1421c (Published 01 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1421

General practitioners are best placed to decide priorities

  1. Andy Moore
  1. General practitioner Mid Sussex Health Care, Health Centre, Hassocks, West Sussex BN6 8LY

    EDITOR,—It is hard to accept the arguments set out in Per Fugelli and Iona Heath's editorial on the nature of general practice.1 Comforting though it is to hang on to the accepted wisdoms of the past, nothing stands still. A general practitioner can no longer be seen as the lone friend and confidant of the patient, fighting his or her corner regardless of responsibilities to society. It is unreasonable to view the patient in isolation, with expense being regarded …

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