Why doctors should all have their own GP


“I called in sick because I had been vomiting and I was told: ‘You don’t sound that bad — you need to toughen up’. After I gave myself an anti-emetic injection, I went to work, and it was implied that I wasn’t pulling my weight. I’m a doctor and I don’t have the right to take sick leave when I need it.”

This reflection from a doctor-patient illustrates the overt pressure on doctors to keep working through illness. Being a doctor can be a health risk. Doctors carry an enormous sense of obligation and