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Letters GP consultation cap

Consistently high consultation rates every day are not safe for doctor or patient

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 12 June 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2545
  1. Mary McCarthy, GP
  1. Belvidere Medical Practice, Shrewsbury SY2 5LS, UK
  1. mary.mccarthy{at}

Buckman and Griffiths debate whether GPs’ daily number of consultations should be capped.1 Having a general idea of what is a safe consultation load does not affect professional competence. Think of it like a speed limit—there are safe limits to consulting as well, but doctors get used to thinking that they …

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