Call to train GPs as 'city generalists'

GPs should be trained as ‘city generalists’ as a solution to growing urban patient populations, a leading doctor says.

Professor Richard Murray (pictured), president of ACRRM, says the rural generalist model should be applied in the city as well as the bush, to improve continuity of care and reduce specialist referrals.

“The idea is that you have a doctor who’s capable of looking after the greater part of patient care — you don’t automatically refer people off depending on the organ.”