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Generalist medicine: GPs should be celebrated as the 'Jack of All Trades'

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GP training: Why I decided on a career in general practice

Dr Richard Vautrey: GPs in every corner of England are buckling under workload pressure

Health inequalities: Why GPs should become involved in 'health creation'

Liam Farrell: The Trump-Brexit consultation model

Liam Farrell: The Trump-Brexit consultation model

There may be a perfect world out there somewhere, in an alternative universe, where...

Debt and mental health: GPs should scrap fees for mental health forms
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Debt and mental health: GPs should scrap fees for mental health forms

Practices that charge for completing forms to support patients with debt and mental...

NHS reform: STPs are wrong to accept reduction in GP numbers

NHS reform: STPs are wrong to accept reduction in GP numbers

Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) in parts of England are planning for...

Dr Chris Mimnagh: Why drawing up STPs in secret could prove to be a masterstroke
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Dr Chris Mimnagh: Why drawing up STPs in secret could prove to be a masterstroke

Secrecy around STPs has infuriated patients and the public, but it may have allowed...

Spotting and referring oral cancer early

Spotting and referring oral cancer early

November is Mouth Cancer Action Month, which is now the 14th most common cancer in...

Professor Maureen Baker: A three-year rollercoaster ride as chair of the RCGP

Professor Maureen Baker: A three-year rollercoaster ride as chair of the RCGP

As she steps down, RCGP chair Professor Maureen Baker reflects on her three years...

Zara Aziz: I don't regret becoming a GP, but the goalposts have moved

Zara Aziz: I don't regret becoming a GP, but the goalposts have moved

So ten years after becoming a GP I find myself in a difficult place.

Liam Farrell: The rise of the new healthcare experts

Liam Farrell: The rise of the new healthcare experts

I'm a great supporter of the concept of expert patients - patients taking responsibility...

NHS reform: GPs must fight back against damaging STPs

NHS reform: GPs must fight back against damaging STPs

Emerging details of sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) paint a picture...

Ten ways for GPs to make next year a better year - because misery is optional

Ten ways for GPs to make next year a better year - because misery is optional

The 2016 RCGP Annual Conference, with the theme of Energising Primary Care, ended...

Liam Farrell: A close encounter of the alien kind

Liam Farrell: A close encounter of the alien kind

Joe has a veritable arsenal of symptoms at his command, all ready to deployed depending...

Online services: 'Patient-powered' health will make care safer and more efficient
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Online services: 'Patient-powered' health will make care safer and more efficient

Practices should grab the opportunities provided by online patient-facing services...

Zara Aziz: GPs should start saying 'no'
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Zara Aziz: GPs should start saying 'no'

I have had an obsession of late. I have been excitedly jumping up and down on the...

Workforce: Why Jeremy Hunt's plan to make the NHS self-sufficient for doctors is missing the point

Workforce: Why Jeremy Hunt's plan to make the NHS self-sufficient for doctors is missing the point

Plans to make future medical graduates work for four years in the NHS were the last...

Future of general practice: A vision of a new way of working for primary care
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Future of general practice: A vision of a new way of working for primary care

The current 'cornershop' partnership model of general practice is no longer working,...

Viewpoint: Why we need joined-up thinking in diabetes care

Viewpoint: Why we need joined-up thinking in diabetes care

Dr Ralph Abraham explains how the new identity for London Medical's diabetes practice...

Dr Chris Mimnagh: NHS bosses are making a big mistake by letting small practices disappear

Dr Chris Mimnagh: NHS bosses are making a big mistake by letting small practices disappear

GP practices have always come in all shapes and sizes. The NHS would be making a...

What do patients really want from their GP?

What do patients really want from their GP?

A recent survey of the public by Medical Protection highlighted what was most important...

Liam Farrell

Liam Farrell: A prescription for catastrophe

Liam Farrell: A prescription for catastrophe

A prescription is much more than just a little piece of paper; it has many fathers - some noble: 'This is to show How Much I Care', some less so: 'This consultation is over, finished, finito, now scram.'

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Chris Mimnagh

Dr Chris Mimnagh: Private healthcare innovation could force the NHS to modernise

Dr Chris Mimnagh: Private healthcare innovation could force the NHS to modernise

A private service that offers daytime access to GPs is the kind of 'disruptive innovation' that could force the NHS to speed up modernisation, argues Dr Chris Mimnagh.

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Zara Aziz

Dr Zara Aziz: Replacing GPs with nurses and other professionals is not the answer

Dr Zara Aziz: Replacing GPs with nurses and other professionals is not the answer
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I came back from my summer vacation rested and rejuvenated. The real world hit me after two minutes. I was back where I had started, surrounded by a palatable air of stress and time pressures.

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