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Unsung heroes

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 22 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:239
  1. Kevin Barraclough, general practitioner
  1. Painswick, Gloucestershire

    I often feel besieged by all the guidance documents from various committees. The difficulty is both the volume and the fact that they rarely tell you not to do something. I should apparently be urgently referring everyone with a sore throat of more than six weeks' duration and anyone with any dysphagia (even a teenager with tonsillitis?).

    A recent editorial in this journal referred to general practice as the “risk sink” of a publicly funded health …

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