A media campaign of GP bashing has angered a lot of GPs who worked extremely hard during the first wave of the pandemic and now fear that it appears to give some patients permission to behave with nasty attitudes towards primary care staff. Read this shocking thread.

First published in September 2020.


My team are phenomenal. Today, like every day, we consulted with hundreds of patients. Some we helped remotely and where appropriate some face to face. We consoled the grieving, we broke bad news, we shared good news, we listened and we examined and we cared. But I’m angry.


Because today, while dealing with absurdly high demand, we also dealt with being accused in the national press of being workshy, dangerous and unprofessional. And this attack was directly caused by a group that say they support us. SUPPORT US?!?

The Telegraph, 14 September 2020
Daily Mail, 14 September 2020

How DARE @NHSEngland claim to be helping us with the mendacious manipulative lies they supported today? They know how hard we’ve been working to follow THEIR guidance since March. To try to shift patient expectations and patient frustrations in this way is deceitful.


Deceitful and wrong. Tomorrow we’ll be back in there again. Working for our patients again. Just like every single day. And we’ll be dealing with patients who can’t get tests because they’ve been let down by the inadequacies of Test & Trace just like we have.


We’ll be dealing with patients who feel justified to speak to us badly because they’ve read the papers, while we’re short staffed because our self isolating staff can’t get tests either.We’ll be tired and even more tired of this political posturing. But we’ll be working


BECAUSE WE NEVER STOPPED WORKING. WE NEVER CLOSED. And you know it @NHSEngland so quit trying to shift the blame for what’s happening to hardworking NHS staff when you know where it really belongs. (Hint: buy a mirror)

[This piece was first published as a Twitter thread and turned into the above article on 15 September 2020 with the purpose of reaching a larger audience. It has been minorly edited and corrected. | The author of the tweets writes in a personal capacity.]

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