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“The capability of saving lives” moves to primary care

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7313.592h (Published 15 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:592
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

    More lives will be saved in future in general practice than in hospitals as the power of family doctors to intervene on behalf of patients increases. That was one of the predictions made by Sir Denis Pereira Gray, a former president of the Royal College of General Practitioners, in wide ranging review of the past, present, and future of general practice in the United Kingdom.

    Hospital activity is increasingly focused on the business of repair, Sir Denis argued, whereas family doctors can now prevent premature deaths from conditions such as ischaemic heart disease …

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