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Primary care bill is on its way

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7065.1101a (Published 02 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1101

The Queen's speech at the opening of parliament last week confirmed early legislation to improve and develop primary health care services in Britain. The Primary Health Care Bill will implement the proposals for flexibility in general practice in the recent white paper Choice and Opportunity (19 October, p 959).

The bill will enable general practitioners to replace the national contract with local contracts to pilot new models of care delivery in settings varying from supermarkets to cottage hospitals. The bill …

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