Although there have been many reasons for our health services to reach their limits, few people have thought to blame Peppa Pig.
However, a general practitioner suggested the animated show's GP, Dr. Brown Bear, could be contributing to "unrealistic expectations of primary care," which includes receiving phone calls outside of work hours and performing inappropriate home visits.
Writing for the British Medical Journal (BMJ), Dr. Catherine Bell begins by questioning why patients consult their GP for minor ailments. Then he presents three cases that show that Dr. Brown Bear gives the Pig family attention beyond what should be realistically expected.
The first case is that Dr. Brown Bear visits a piglet in his home for a rash that he offers to the patient despite admitting that the rash will naturally clear up. Bell says the scene shows an unnecessary prescription that encourages people to "access their primary care provider inappropriately."
In addition, when issuing prescription medications, Dr. Brown Bear has prescribed "antibiotics in an era of increased antibiotic resistance" or paracetamol, which is available over the counter, rendering the doctor's visit useless.
For the second case, Dr. Brown Bear answers the phone for a minor illness and goes directly to the affected pig's house. "Dr. Brown Bear conducts a telephone screening outside normal working hours and again chooses to make a clinically inappropriate urgent home visit," Bell writes, who also admits that, this time, the doctor actually gives a clinical reaction appropriate
Finally In the third case, Dr. Brown Bear makes an emergency visit to a pony with cough, himself contracting cough. Eventually, the townspeople go to surgery to administer a medication and sing a song.
"His disregard for confidentiality, parental consent, record keeping and self-prescription indicate that the burden of the demand from his patient population is affecting his health," Bell writes.
In conclusion, then, Bell formulates the hypothesis that "Exposure to Peppa Pig and its description of general practice increases patient expectations and encourages inappropriate use of primary care services. "
Despite being an ironic article on the cartoon, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, president of the Royal College of GPs, said The Telegraph that there was a "serious message" behind the article.
"Although GPs value the unique relationships we have with our patients and the trust our patients place in us, we are not always the most appropriate health professionals to seek medical help, if it is necessary" , He said. said
"At this incredibly difficult time for the health service, we encourage patients to think carefully if they need the services of a GP when they or their children are sick, or if they can take care of themselves or seek help. of pharmacists, who are highly trained to offer advice to patients with minor ailments. "