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General practice workforce

William Coote
Med J Aust 2003; 179 (1): 48-49.

Sociologists tell us that "Autonomy is the acid test of professional status ... all other characteristics of a profession flow from it".1 Poor Dr Zen* has no professional autonomy. Mr Unger's management is determined, not by her, but by an electronic decision system which then reduces her pay for taking too long and directs her continuing education. How did Dr Zen get into this thankless situation? Let me answer that with some more of her story.

  • William Coote

  • General Practice Education & Training, Canberra, ACT.

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