Service is abused because it is perceived as being freeBMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7043.1422d (Published 01 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1422
- Jon Tuppen
- General practitioner Avenue Road Surgery, Brentwood, Essex CM14 5EL
EDITOR,—I agree with many of the points that Per Fugelli and Iona Heath make about the nature of general practice.1 I believe that general practice should lead the shift from an authoritarian to a democratic model of decision making. This model, however, must emphasise the joint responsibility of the doctor and patient in the careful and judicious use of scarce resources.
I prioritise the future in a different way from that of Fugelli and Heath. …