Destination GP. Perceptions and denigration of GPs needs to stop…. All specialities need some time in GP.

In GPFrontlie produced by the RCGP December issue, you can read how belittled GPs are by their colleagues in Hospitals. Deskilling them by overworking, bureaucracy and ending the regular meetings that went on between consultants and GPs are all partly responsible. Meetings used to occur evenings, and Consultants and GPs took turns in presenting at them. Part time working, bringing up children, and having a home life have replaced the weekly evening meetings we used to have in Pembrokeshire. I expect a similar story nationwide.  All speciality training should experience some time post registration in GP.

Destination GP: medical students’ experiences and perceptions of general practice

5 December 2017

The Destination GP project aimed to build the evidence base on medical students’ perceptions of general practice. A report from the Royal College of General Practice sets out a series of recommendations to tackle the spread of misconceptions and negativity surrounding general practice.

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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