Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:


GPs get a new contract “to transform their lives”

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 27 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:994

Rapid Response:

Maximise GP's skills in patient care

Dear Sir:

GPs are bound by their terms and conditions of service to refer
patients to different subspecialties.

Overbooking is a tradition in primary care clinics. When GPs are able
to hand over about a third of their duties and to choose the level of
service they wish , this will improve their quality of the service they

Focusing on a balance between the stressful GP’s workload, GP’s
experience and the backup from expert colleagues is the best tool to
improve patient’s care.

Competing interests: No competing interests

20 May 2002
Khalid Alkhouly
Specialist in Gen. Surgery
Riyadh 11481, KSA
Security Forces Hospital, P.O.Box 3643