All GPs have problems when they first start in practiceBMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7197.1560a (Published 05 June 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1560
- James Cave, General practitioner. (email@example.com)
- Newbury, Berkshire RG20 8UY
EDITOR—Easterbrooke, a locum general practitioner, finds it almost impossible to complete a modern consultation in the short time allocated.1 I sympathise and have written him this letter.
I completely understand your view. When I first started general practice 10 years ago my average consultation time was 14 minutes. I overran, always missed my coffee breaks, and found it difficult to understand how the other partners coped. Ten years on it is very different. I have discovered that it is neither …