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Helen Salisbury: Oh, those lazy, part time GPs!

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 10 December 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6813
  1. Helen Salisbury, GP
  1. Oxford
  1. helen.salisbury{at}
    Follow Helen on Twitter: @HelenRSalisbury

Last week the Daily Mail ran a story claiming that only a third of GPs were working full time at their surgeries. It went on to say that “some think the traditional family doctor role has become monotonous, while others find the full-time hours exhausting.”1 A sessional GP was quoted, describing the work as “ticking boxes rather than dealing with people” and reporting frustration from patients who were waiting too long for an appointment.

I find myself wondering why the press wishes to paint us as lazy and uninterested, and whether this has any connection with politics. If the crisis in GP accessibility is the fault of slacking GPs, …

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