14 Apr '11, 9pm

Better primary care needed, not more beds: However, as a doctor practicing in primary care managing patients wit...

I'm a junior doctor who is also involved in primary care. A couple of months back I had a common cold and went to the polyclinic. To my horror my temperature wasn't even measured and the doctor hadn't even asked me for a description of my symptoms before prescribing his set list of medications. This included antibiotics which are against the recommendations of most medical bodies. Even then, the antibiotics prescribed are no longer used in many clinics due to the high incidence of side effects and have been replaced by newer but more costly antibiotics. I don't really blame the doctor, as he was overwhelmed by the sheer number of patients. There is a dire lack of funding and manpower in our polyclinics. Over the years our new medical school curriculum has improved to adequately educate us on public health and family medicine, but there is a lack of resources available to p...

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