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GP or travel agent?

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 30 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1179
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh, professor of primary health care, University College London

The Evening Standard recently carried an article, “We'd rather go back to Poland to see a doctor.” Three young Polish mothers had been interviewed on the dreadful state of Britain's NHS. They came to Britain for a better life, but if they or their children became unwell, they took the next plane back to Warsaw, where the medical care was of an altogether better standard.

GPs in the UK apparently “just give out paracetamol,” whereas in Poland they take illness more seriously (by …

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