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Letters Man charged with assault in GP surgery

We need a government that supports general practice

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: (Published 25 October 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2577
  1. Brian Fisher, general practitioner1,
  2. John Puntis, consultant paediatrician2
  1. 1London, UK
  2. 2Leeds, UK
  1. brianfisher36{at}

Prominent politicians, as well as the press, have been fanning the flames of public anger towards general practitioners. Health secretary Sajid Javid endorsing thoughtless criticism over face-to-face appointments is deeply unhelpful.1 We need a government that invests in people and systems and supports general practice at a critical time, not one that stokes antagonism leading to violent attacks on NHS staff as in …

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