Views & Reviews From the Frontline

Delay, shame, and blame

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 19 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1440
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

These days GPs don’t like reading the newspapers—they tell us that we are overpaid and lazy. Our punishment is a contract in constant flux; a change to “advanced appointment access,” whereby patients spend all day on the phone, never to see their preferred doctor and certainly never at a time that suits them; and, now, “additional hours” that nobody seems to want or need. All this doesn’t bother me much, for it is the turn of fashion. But when an eminent super-specialist …

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