People like to use the terms coalface and frontline when they’re talking about the work GPs do, as if its immediacy and seriousness can only really be understood by likening it with war and, for some reason, mining.
The pandemic could change that, now we’ve been forced to acknowledge healthcare as essential above all else. It’s also becoming obvious that those who provide it are under great pressure, not only from Covid-19, but also because of the systems in which they operate.
“The viability of general practice has been an issue for quite a few years now,” says Dr Ayman Shenouda, acting president of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), the peak body for general practitioners in Australia.
Covid-19 has just made matters worse.
“We are trying to respond to the demand of patients.