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Factors that might have eased principals' entry into practice

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 11 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:711
  1. George Taylor, deputy director (
  1. Department of General Practice, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU

    EDITOR—I agree with the points made by Cave1 in response to Easterbrooke's personal view.2 It is important to recognise, however, that most new principals have an unstructured and often traumatic entry into their first principal's post. I recently asked a group of young principals, all within their early years in practice, to identify factors that might have eased their entry into practice.

    Seven main areas were identified.

    Induction—All agreed …

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