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Should GPs’ daily number of consultations be capped?

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1947 (Published 09 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1947

Patient commentary

General practice needs radical reform, not tweaks like consultation caps

Re: Should GPs’ daily number of consultations be capped?

Dear Sir or Madam

Might I suggest you rename or even abolish your section you call The 10-minute consultation?

“Time to cap the number of patients a GP sees each day?” was the theme for week’s front cover.

GPs are currently drowning not only in the number of consultations they are undertaking each day, but also the increasing complexity of many of them.

Don’t perpetuate the myth that a GP or any doctor can deal with a difficult problem properly in a short space of time.

The BMJ has been full of articles in recent years regarding burnout. The 10- minute consultation should now be history.

Yours faithfully

Dr. Mike Cohen FRCP. FRCGP.
Retired GP

Competing interests: No competing interests

16 May 2018
Mike Cohen
Retired GP
Bristol