Why a little respect would go a long way for future GPs

Would you want to pay hundreds of dollars to apply to work in a generally disrespected specialty, asks GP registrar Dr Bob Vickers

I’m very lucky that I love my job as a GP. However, some days it’s hard to love.

Disrespect to doctor

Multiple times a day, I find myself cursing under my breath at hospitals, Centrelink, imaging providers, the media and others.

I feel frustrated that my choice of specialty means I’m limited in helping my patients get the care they need.

And much of this frustration stems from a poor understanding of and respect for what happens when patients present to their GP.

It’s an issue that’s now starting to affect the future of our specialty.

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