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This mismanagement of the NHS amounts to neglect

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 17 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1536
  1. Peter Bailey,
  2. sessional GP
  1. Cambridgeshire
  1. peter.bailey{at}

The basic needs of a vulnerable workforce are not being met

Today I’ve been working as a sessional GP in a village practice near Cambridge, seeing the usual mixture of common colds, hot children, lumps needing urgent referral, heart attacks, depression, and the worried well. Around me, in leafy Cambridgeshire, GPs are worrying about the recruitment crisis in primary care, with as many as 40% of GPs due to retire in the next five years.

A 48 hour strike

Junior doctors are going back to work after a 48 hour strike over the imposition of their new contract. Administrators are trying to fill rota gaps without spending any money, and patients are trying to negotiate the complex bureaucratic barriers we’ve put in their paths to …

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