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general practitioner

n. Abbr. GP
A physician whose practice is not oriented to a specific medical specialty but instead covers a variety of medical problems in patients of all ages. Also called family doctor.

general practitioner (GP)

Etymology: L, genus, kind; Gk, praktikos, practical
a family practice physician. See also family medicine, family practice, family practice physician.

general practitioner

A fully registered medical practitioner in the UK who provides general medical services to a particular group of patients or “list”, either in partnership with other GPs, as a salaried GP in a group or, less commonly, as a single practitioner. GPs may also provide inpatient care in community hospitals. A GP will refer patients “forward” to a consultant (hospital specialist) when the patients’ needs cannot be addressed locally. GPs in the UK are not NHS employees, but rather contract independently with the NHS.

A physician who practices “general medicine”, often an older physician who did not specialise in any field of medicine after graduation from medical school. Most so-defined GPs have since retired from practice.

general practitioner

A physician who practices 'general medicine', often an older physician who did not specialize in any field of medicine after graduation from medical school. Cf Family practitioner, Generalist.

fam·i·ly prac·tice phy·si·cian

(fam'i-lē prak'tis fi-zish'ŭn)
The trained health care professional who attends most of the needs of her patients through diagnosis to pharmacotherapy. Previously, the first caregiver seen by patients.

general practitioner

A doctor who does not specialize in any particular branch of medicine but who treats a wide variety of relatively minor medical conditions and is able to discern those conditions requiring specialist attention.

general practitioner,

n a medical doctor who attends to the everyday medical needs of individuals within a community.

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The Governments policy proposal is causing significant distress, particularly for general practice.
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) President Dr Frank R Jones said the report was a timely reminder for general practices to review their privacy policies and ensure they are up to date.
The Australian Government should follow the United Kingdom to provide funding support for integrating pharmacists into general practice clinics, according to the peak national organisation for pharmacists, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA).
In order for the Standards to best support quality and safety in general practice, they must be meaningful to practising GPs as these requirements will impact on everyday general practice, Dr Jones said.
com), highlighting the strengths and attractions of a career in general practice in Ireland.
The only solution is for Government to increase NHS funding to adequate levels, in which general practice receives a fair and larger share.
This month, the BMA's Welsh General Practice Committee launched a campaign highlighting the problems GPs face, sharing survey results from GPs across Wales and a solutions paper, outlining what Welsh Government must do to improve the situation, which is now at breaking point.
Doctors' leaders said general practice was in "crisis" after the study showed that family doctors in England are dealing with more frequent and longer consultations at the same time as the rate of GPs has decreased.
NZNO professional nursing adviser (PNA) Angela Clark advises anyone who is offered a position as a practice assistant in general practice to have their job description reviewed by an NZNO PNA or organiser.
British Medical Association Wales, which represents thousands of medical professionals, claims "fundamental changes" are needed to make general practice in Wales viable in the long-term.
PROMINENT family doctors have warned that there is a "workforce crisis" within general practice in the North East.
This literature describes the complexity of issues related to general practice nursing, the significant impact of funding models on the general practice nurse's role and scope of practice, the lack of recognition of the general practice nurse's role amongst professional peers and consumers and the need for further well designed research that will provide an evidence base for the specialty.

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