It's time to rethink access to GPs within 48 hours, report says

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 30 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:762
  1. Ann McGauran
  1. London

    The target of ensuring that patients have access to a GP within 48 hours, as laid down in the NHS Plan (BMJ 2000;321: 317), is a blunt instrument that fails to meet the differing needs of patients, says a review paper.

    The paper, prepared for the Royal College of General Practitioners and the NHS Alliance, calls for the development of more sophisticated indicators that take account of the complexity of primary care provision.

    The paper welcomes the increasing numbers of patients' groups in primary care and says that patients need to be involved in drawing up meaningful targets to meet specific …

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