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Letters Risk of creating lost tribe of GPs

Only radical reform will save general practice: we need to rethink GP partnerships

BMJ 2024; 384 doi: (Published 06 February 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;384:q306
  1. Tom Riddington, GP partner
  1. Atrium Health Centre, Dorchester, UK
  1. drtomriddington{at}

As a GP I apologise daily for the delays patients face, and the challenges they must overcome to do something as simple as see the doctor of their choice in a timely manner.

General practice today is a wild west free market. Doctors are disincentivised to settle into partnerships or provide the continuity patients find valuable. Ours is the world of zero hours contracts, locum side …

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