IF

If you can daily take a hundred calls from patients who are ill

And calmly treat their every need with kindness and with skill

.

If vaccines you must organise, when you receive the call

Despite just when they will arrive, you’ve no idea at all

.

If liable you’re asked to be for what you can’t control

And then are made to feel the guilt, when not your fault at all

.

If you can work long stress filled hours and then read in the press

That you’re a lazy ne’er do well who just could not care less

.

If you can fill each passing minute with an hours worth of work

Then you’re in primary care my dear where life is just berserk.

.

[after Rudyard Kipling]


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