Views & Reviews If I Ruled the NHS

Allow GPs and consultants to speak to each other again

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1623 (Published 26 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1623
  1. Ann Smalldridge, locum GP, Greater Manchester
  1. annsmalldridge{at}yahoo.co.uk

I qualified in 1981 and have been a GP since 1986, spending most of the time in inner city practices in Manchester. Last year I was burnt out and decided to take a gap year, so I left my job and went to work as a GP in Cairns, Queensland. It was a joy to just be a good, old fashioned GP, managing people holistically without the tyranny of the Quality and Outcomes Framework and targets, medicines management, spreadsheets, and referral gateways.

I am now back doing locum shifts in Britain. If …

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