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Letters Why GPs are always running late

Modern complex care needs longer consulting times

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 22 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4373
  1. Peter J O’Donnell, retired GP
  1. Epsom, UK
  1. peter.odonnell{at}

GPs are always running late1 because they think they can deal with patients’ problems in the 10 minute slot allocated to them. They cling to this belief despite years and even decades of experience telling them otherwise.

I struggled to run on time and knew GPs who always finished their surgeries 1-2 hours late. …

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