The British National Health Service is a state-funded health care provider available to every citizen. NHS doctors may work as general practitioners (GPs) or be attached to an NHS hospital. Becoming a doctor requires years of study and hard work, the NHS website notes.
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The NHS website notes that GPs "look after the health of people in their local community and deal with a whole range of health problems." They also provide health education, carry out minor surgical procedures, give vaccinations, and advise patients on how to stop smoking and eat a healthy diet. They make hospital referrals. GPs liaise with other health care professionals, including nurses, physiotherapists and midwives.
Hospital-based NHS doctors are responsible for drug administration, analysing patients' symptoms and ordering exploratory tests, carrying out general health checks before surgery and admitting patients to wards for further investigation. They typically visit hospital wards each morning, to monitor their patients' progress and make any necessary alternations to their treatment regime.
Hospital-based doctors often specialise in a particular field, such as prenatal care or geriatrics, after they complete their initial training. The NHS website says that there are more than 60 different medical specialities available to doctors.
Training and Salary
After graduating from medical school, trainee doctors, embark on a two-year training program, known as foundation training. This enables them to gain work experience in a variety of medical settings. As of April 2010, General practitioners can earn between £53,781 ($82,880) to £81,158 ($125,000) depending on experience and length of service, while specialist doctors can earn between £36,807 ($56,720) and £70,126 ($108,000).
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