Why GP?

Island stormGeneral practice is in crisis don’t you know? If you work in GP you don’t need me to tell you this. You feel it on every day you go to work, and the echoes of it on the days when you don’t. If you don’t work in GP I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you either. The RCGP, BMA and others have done a great job communicating how much the workload has increased and that the workforce isn’t keeping pace with population increases. You might argue that they have done too good a job. And at what cost?

Such a negative message can only serve to put potential GPs of the future off. We are waving from the decks of the titanic as it steams towards the iceberg, urging them to join us.

It is of course important to be honest and not to mislead. General practice is hard, it always has been and always will be, and is more so right now. But let us not lose sight of the wonderful positives, the honour and privilege of this job.

Let us not be scared or ashamed to say: I love being a GP

This site hopes to remind those of us who are GPs of these facts…and to help those considering GP to discover them.

Follow the story of the site’s development and first 48hrs here. It has been featured in pulse and BMJ Careers.

If you would like to contribute in any way to the project – I would love to feature your writing – then please get in touch via contribute@whygp.uk or twitter @DocDomP as I would love to hear from you.