I 'have it all' – but truly, it ain't what I expected

'Over the years, I've developed a love-hate relationship with the saying,' says GP Dr Liz Sturgiss

An increasing number of doctors in all specialties are working part-time.

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The BEACH dataset shows a steady decline in the number of sessions worked each week by Australian GPs between 1998 and 2008, while a survey published in August this year of UK GP trainees found only one in five intended to work full-time in clinical practice.1,2

The shift to less full-time work is often attributed to more women entering the workforce and attempting, so the expression goes, to “have it all” — namely, kids and a career.

I have a love-hate