Speaking as a young GP, I find myself questioning my career choice. Do I want to be under the cosh for the next 30 years as the government's whipping boy? I suspect there are many more GPs in this position.
The continual criticism and undermining of GPs is doing damage to the profession. My gut instinct is that there must be a detrimental effect, but I wonder about the possibilities of quantifying it.
It is certainly stressful to be forever criticised.
Dr Dan Bunstone, GP35 panel member, Manchester.