Zara Aziz

Dr Zara Aziz is a partner in Bristol. She regularly writes for GPonline about the realities of life as a frontline GP, her views on the latest issues affecting general practice and the challenges of balancing work with home life.

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Dr Zara Aziz: The general practice workhorse is being flogged to death

Dr Zara Aziz: The general practice workhorse is being flogged to death
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It is true that the start of a new year promises us a fresh start, but in 2017 it also feels like we are standing upon the precipice of change in general practice and the NHS as a whole.

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

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Zara Aziz: The system is collapsing at an alarming rate

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Zara Aziz: In post-Brexit Britain we must stand united as a profession

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Zara Aziz: We have no choice but to ballot on industrial action

Of all the LMC motions that were discussed last week, perhaps the one that I have...

Zara Aziz: GPs are dealing with the fall out of changes to benefit payments

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Zara Aziz: Our workload has become almost insurmountable

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Zara Aziz: There are valid reasons for a separate contract for care home visits

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Zara Aziz: GPs are experts at dealing with 'saved-up' problems

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