'7 Days' takes a look at role the General Practitioners (GPs) play in Ireland, what their patients expect of them and what the doctors themselves find frustrating about their role.
The day of the individual doctor serving a large number of patients in the community is in decline, increasingly giving way to group practices and more commonly, husband and wife teams of doctors. Technology has given new impetus to the administration of medicine.
One Dublin based husband and wife team use technology in the form of a walkie-talkie to streamline their practice. Using codenames ‘Major’ and ‘Minor’ they carry out their daily work not, in a traditional practice, but from their cars. When out on the road, they both receive instruction from their secretary back at base, about upcoming house calls. They also have the ability to answer queries about prescriptions from chemists on the spot.
This use of technology also allows them to have contact with their staff at home regarding meals and how the children are doing.
Generally I’m in contact with home all day and so I can be a doctor a wife and a mother all at the same time.
This episode of ‘7 Days’ was broadcast on 8 January 1971. The reporter is John O’Donoghue.