General practitioners' role in emergencies

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7010.951c (Published 07 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:951
  1. S J Bowskill
  1. Singlehanded general practitioner Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 5AJ

    EDITOR,--J N Rawlinson's letter about the role of deputising doctors in emergencies is unfairly critical of both general practitioners and their deputies.1 General practitioners cannot be expected to be available to their patients at all times regardless of the urgency of the situation, and inevitably there will be times when patients are seen by a partner, locum, or deputy. Moreover, there simply are not enough hours in the day to stay to care for …

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