Author: BJGP Life

COVID-19: hard lessons

Cummings is the third senior figure involved in dealing with the pandemic to have broken the rules, and the fallout has added to the litany of incoherent messaging, opaque decision making and fumbling management that has characterised the handling of the crisis. Roger Jones considers the lessons to learn from this catastrophe, particularly about preparedness, honesty and transparency, clarity of information and public health messages, and consistency in their application.

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Hong Kong, COVID-19 and the role of GPs

Professor Donald Li, President of WONCA and a GP in Hong Kong, talks about the current situation in Hong Kong and the challenges ahead. There have been almost no new cases, excluding imported disease, in recent weeks but 14 day...

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Treating the pandemic of fear

A day does not go by where I do not speak to patients suffering from anxiety in one form or the other. The untold harm being done to their mental health does not make the daily evening government briefings. Other health phenomena are taking place in the background that receive little to no media attention.

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The other down under: how New Zealand got COVID-19 right

New Zealand doesn’t always appear on world maps but the country has been centre stage during the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to its success in flattening the epidemic curve. Here’s my take on New Zealand’s COVID-19 journey to date, its impact on general practice and why New Zealand got it right.

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