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Feature Christmas 2016: Professional Matters

The Gatekeeper and the Wizard: the Gatekeeper goes digital

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i6541 (Published 13 December 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6541

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Re: The Gatekeeper and the Wizard: the Gatekeeper goes digital

Dear Sir,

I am leading research on the relationship between Gatekeepers and Wizards [1]. One specific area of focus has been email communication between Gatekeepers and Wizards; governance issues exists on both sides of the interface, and of note, there may exist a "two-tier" access to Wizardry expertise for patients [2].
It is encouraging to note that despite acknowledged divisions between Gatekeepers and Wizards, there exists awn ongoing will and determination to improve things for both themselves and for the benefit of patient care.

Dr Rod Sampson

[1] Sampson et al. The relationship between GPs and hospital consultants and the implications for patient care: a qualitative study https://bmcfampract.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12875-016-0442-y
[2] Sampson et al. Email communication at the medical primary–secondary care interface: a qualitative exploration http://bjgp.org/content/66/648/e467

Competing interests: No competing interests

19 December 2016
Rod P Sampson
GP
Cairn Medical Practice, Inverness