Cautionary tales - Dr Sheilagh Cronin

I was treating his hypertension as I worked as a solo GP in a small branch practice in a country town in Queensland over 25 years ago.

One day to my surprise, he produced a box of chocolates as a thank you for my care. I thought nothing of it until the next consultation when he arrived with another small gift. Starting to feel uneasy, I told him GPs did not expect gifts from their patients.

In those days, my brother-in-law was also working as a solo GP and occasionally I used to drive to his practice to locum for a