General Practice Under the National Health Service, 1948-1997BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7154.357a (Published 01 August 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:357
- Roland Petchey, non-clinical lecturer
- Division of General Practice, University of Nottingham
The path travelled by general practice since 1948 is dotted with milestones: the foundation of the (Royal) College of General Practitioners (1952), the creation of the first Chair of General Practice in Edinburgh (1963), the Family Doctors' Charter (1966), mandatory vocational training(1975), etc. Along the way, the service has been almost totally transformed. The professionally isolated, single handed general practitioner of the early years has evolved into the multipartner practice. The inadequate premises, facilities, and support staff that Collings described in 1950 …
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