The British Medical Association (BMA) has launched a campaign to help patients understand why GPs are so busy.
Every GP practice in the UK is to receive a BMA poster detailing exactly what GPs do.
The BMA says that the average person will see their GP four times a year but not many are aware of the extra hours that GPs put in behind the scenes.
Each family doctor looks after approximately 1,600 people and the BMA thinks the public need to know that they carry out thousands of consultations a year.
The poster “a day in the life of a GP” shows patients that GPs not only care for patients but tackle paperwork, carry out telephone consultations, maintain their practices and work out of hours.