GP David Hartley in 1979
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How life has changed for GPs over 30 years

BBC Inside Out looks at how the working lives of GPs have changed over the past 35 years.

In 1979 the BBC's Nationwide programme showed a fly on the wall documentary series, Medic One Six, about Bridlington GP David Hartley.

On top of his GP duties, he delivered babies, worked shifts in A&E, and flew in search and rescue helicopters.

Life in the surgery is very different today with doctors taking on a bigger range of duties and having to complete more paperwork.

Although today's GPs have the benefit of new technology, they get involved in more administration and desk-based work.

Reporter Rachel Pierman talked to GP Nicole Nunn who now works at the Bridlington surgery and asked her how life has changed for modern doctors.

She also met two retired doctors who worked with David Hartley, now deceased, and asked them what life was like as a GP in the 1970s and 1980s.

Inside Out is broadcast on Monday, 2 March on BBC One Yorkshire and Lincolnshire at 19:30 GMT and nationwide for 30 days thereafter on the iPlayer.

  • 02 Mar 2015
  • From the section England
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