Seemingly daily we read of GP misdiagnosis costing lives.
From long experience I would say this. First; understand that GP’s are, general practitioners with the emphasis on “general”. That is they can only really deal effectively with relatively minor obvious issues.
If a GP ventures into more specific conclusions but the problem persists, seek a specialist’s view. Over my life GPs have caused me a great deal of damage, mostly permanent and I bear the scars to prove it.
A few years ago, after pressing my eldest daughter to have a routine colonoscopy she raised it with her female GP and was told women can’t get bowel cancer.
We have the highest incident of female bowel cancer in the world, why being a mystery.
Not only that but women in their 20s are now being hit, including vegans. I mention that as for a time our high incident of bowel cancer was attributed to meat consumption.
My daughter had a colonoscopy and just in time, it revealing a host of polyps, some at a menacing stage.
Our universities continue to pump out law graduates, only a minority of whom will find employment in law. What a terrible waste of young people’s time this is.
To encourage more students towards medicine, why not pay their fees and hostel accommodation. Currently we rely on filching doctors from 3rd world countries with a need even greater than ours. But most of all we need specialists for in some fields such as dermatology there is a desperate shortage.
As a result the patient is obliged to rely on GP’s advice on something he or she is not equipped to give, often with disastrous consequences.