Letters Rethinking primary care’s gatekeeper role

Stop calling GPs gatekeepers

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5795 (Published 02 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5795
  1. Arnold Zermansky, portfolio GP and visiting senior research fellow
  1. University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
  1. pandazed{at}virginmedia.com

Am I alone in regarding the description of my job as a gatekeeper to be inaccurate, condescending, and demeaning?1

Gatekeepers prevent admission. Like the sinister gatekeeper in Kafka’s parable Before the Law, who bars the traveller entry to a gate that is specifically for him. Death supervenes before he can …

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