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Margaret McCartney, in her article "General Practice is a long game", expressed very clearly the main satisfaction that a doctor can have from being a general practitioner. Having retired from general practice more than 20 years ago, I find that relationships formed with patients and their families still continue and are still a joy. To be reasonably content in general practice it is essential generally to like people.
Absoutely spot on - sums up how important continuity of care and the doctor-patient relationship is. It is vital that with all the changes in primary care, with federations and mergers, that the core principal of the doctor-patient relationship must be preserved. Otherwise we all lose out