General practitioners must educate patients in the appropriate use of services

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7062.946a (Published 12 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:946
  1. Nick Bottone, Consultant development adviser
  1. Management Development Group, Scottish Health Service Centre, Edinburgh EH4 2LF

    EDITOR,—I get concerned about the picture painted of morale in general practice, particularly distressing examples such as that given in the recent anonymous personal view.1 I believe that, of all the areas of clinical medicine in which I have worked, general practice provides the greatest opportunity for clinicians to practise unfettered medicine. Some general practitioners may disagree with this view and will point to the 1990 contract for general practitioners as heavy handed interference by the government.

    Morale is often mentioned to me …

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