Enriching Careers in General Practice: Morale in General Practice

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Despite the pervading gloom about morale in general practice it can still offer a rewarding career.This article, which is the first in a series examining ways to improve general practitioners' job satisfaction, weighs the evidence for low morale in the profession and examines the factors that cause most dissatisfaction. The main causes of discontent seem to be increased paperwork and out of hours work, and many blame the 1990 contract for their problems. Dissatisfaction was growing before the contract was introduced, however, and some doctors believe that it has had positive effects. Further change seems inevitable if general practice is to offer a stimulating career for life.

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