Research Article

London after Tomlinson. Care in the capital: what needs to be done.

BMJ 1992; 305 doi: (Published 07 November 1992) Cite this as: BMJ 1992;305:1141
  1. D. Metcalfe
  1. Department of General Practice, University of Manchester.


    One of the aims of the Tomlinson report is to shift more care from the secondary to the primary sector in London. But the primary sector is already underresourced and overloaded. The capital has a heterogeneous population which often makes inappropriate demands on general practitioners. Many premises are inadequate and there are insufficient support staff. David Metcalfe emphasises that London is special and that the shift will not become a reality unless these problems are tackled. He suggests the establishment of different models of practice centres which could treat some of the patients who now go to accident and emergency departments. Some would be the night emergency service base, some would have primary care beds, and each would have a different mix of specialist support.