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NHS funding crisis provides opportunity to promote greater self care among patients

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b4927 (Published 19 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4927
  1. Jo Carlowe
  1. 1London

    The NHS is guilty of perpetuating a culture of dependency, health professionals decided this week at a conference on patients caring for themselves.

    Some 85% of people who attended the event, run by the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Proprietary Association of Great Britain, subscribed to this view after learning that there are 57 million consultations for minor ailments in England every year.

    They were told that conditions for the 12 most common minor ailments, including constipation, dermatitis, and back pain, account for 75% of all consultations and cost the English NHS £2bn (€2.3bn; $3.4bn) …

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