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GPs and technology: the good, the bad, and the ugly babies

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 08 October 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4227

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  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Technology was the buzz topic at this year’s conference of the Royal College of General Practitioners. College chair Helen Stokes-Lampard made it the centrepiece of her speech,1 in which, amid the ongoing debate over the pros and cons of online consulting and apps, she fiercely rejected the notion that GPs were “technophobic dinosaurs.”

Far from being afraid of innovation, GPs were, Stokes-Lampard argued, “bright, intelligent people who gladly embrace good, safe technology.” But she said that the NHS shouldn’t be sucked into adopting new technology and cited the “lovely baby” idea of Mary Dixon-Woods, professor of health services research at the University of Cambridge.2 Her theory has it that everyone believes their own …

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