While the problems of hospital staffing were becoming increasingly acute and battles were raging over the question of income determination, general practitioners were being faced with their own problems. Perhaps the most important was their status; for if the GP's status relative to consultants was once determined and accepted, many of the other problems-the content and structure of general practice, the income differential between the two branches, the GP's place in the total manpower situation, and his relation­ ship to the hospital-might be more easily determined.