THERE has been much discussion in private and public recently about the plight of general practitioners (GPs).
The humble GP is the first line of defence in medicine. He is the person you go to see when you start feeling unwell. He is the person you see when you want to make sure you’re healthy. He is (or should be) the gatekeeper to specialists, checking you and determining if you need more specialised care and, if so, what type.