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“Sex up” general medicine to drive recruitment, says physicians’ leader

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j2207 (Published 04 May 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2207
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Medical leaders must seek to boost the standing of general medicine to help improve the way clinical care is delivered on the front line, the president of the Royal College of Physicians has urged.

Jane Dacre said that medicine has placed too much emphasis on highly trained specialist care over the past two decades and not enough on generalists, who are increasingly needed to treat acutely ill patients with multiple problems.

Acknowledging the workforce pressures that act as a barrier to improving care, Dacre said that it was crucial to encourage more doctors to train as general physicians and geriatricians and that these specialities were valued in medicine. …

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