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Helen Salisbury: Poaching in practice

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 06 August 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l4947
  1. Helen Salisbury, GP
  1. Oxford
  1. helen.salisbury{at}
    Follow Helen on Twitter: @HelenRSalisbury

It’s uncontroversial to suggest that GP workloads have increased over the past 10 years.12 Work previously done in hospitals has shifted to primary care, and the population of older patients with complex medical needs has grown. Demand has risen, and patients have higher expectations of instant access. When I first started in general practice few people had mobile phones and, unless they were sick enough to stay in their homes, most patients didn’t ask to be called.

For stressed GPs, however, help is at hand. August is the end of the training year, and a newly …

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