Letters

Improving access to medical care

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7223.1496 (Published 04 December 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1496

General practice cooperatives are coping well

  1. Mark Reynolds, chairman
  1. National Association of General Practice Cooperatives, PO Box 55, Leeds LS2 9SU
  2. Grasmere Street Health Centre, Leigh, Lancashire WN7 1XB

    EDITOR—Cooperatives present patients with the easiest access to a doctor of any part of the NHS. We have led the way in modernising out of hours primary care, and we have been arguing for, and in many areas creating, a “whole systems approach” to access. It was therefore galling to read that “patients may have bypassed general practices and cooperatives as phone lines became overwhelmed; and accident and emergency staff often had no other options but to admit.”1 These unfounded …

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