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Letters Why are Dutch GPs so much happier?

More reasons why Dutch GPs are happier

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 28 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i437
  1. Helene J Irvine, consultant in public health medicine1
  1. 1Directorate of Public Health and Health Improvement, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Gartnavel Royal Hospital, Glasgow G12 0XH, UK
  1. hirvine{at}

Some additional factors may contribute to British GPs being less happy than their Dutch counterparts (Feature 9 January).1

British patients are more likely to experience social deprivation and sedentary lifestyles, predisposing them to increased rates of obesity, diabetes, and alcohol or substance misuse.2 The legacy of poor occupational health and safety standards, in what was a heavily industrialised society, and …

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