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Royal college is under fire for “GP bashing” at conference

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 13 February 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l705
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

GPs have criticised the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) after a medical student revealed that a speaker at one of its events had denigrated general practice.

On 9 February Shamarah Mathurin-Charles attended a medical student event run by the RCOG and the British Undergraduate Society for Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Afterwards she tweeted, “Can someone let doctors know that they don’t have to talk down on GP [general practice] to promote their own specialty?”

She added, “I’ve come to this event to learn more about a career in obstetrics and gynaecology, not to hear about how ‘GP is the easy way out’ and how people could’ve ‘just been a GP’ . . . …

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