Nowadays our discussions with colleagues include targets, guidelines and funding which affect departments across primary and secondary care.
After a recent meeting between GPs and the health authority, I spoke to a department head at a local hospital and related the topics discussed.
At the end of the call, he thanked me profusely.
When I replied to his over-reaction that the two of us had established a good working relationship over many years, he explained: ‘I really enjoy speaking to you. It is the only way I can find out what is going on at this hospital.'
Dr Martin Harris