The head of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has defended going public about the current crisis in general practice.Martin Marshall, chair of the RCGP and professor of healthcare improvement at University College London, told the annual RCGP meeting on 27 October that he had been criticised for speaking out about the problems faced by today’s GPs. But, reflecting on his tenure, the outgoing chair indicated that he had no regrets and that it was his obligation to speak out and tell the truth.“I’ve been criticised by some people for calling out this crisis so vocally when I speak to the media,” he said. “They say that I’m scaremongering, talking down general practice, and that I risk damaging public trust and turning off the next generation of GPs.“But I’m quite clear that I have a professional obligation to say it as it is, not how we’d like it to…

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