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NHS reforms will distract GPs from the work that “really matters”

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d1974 (Published 25 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1974
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

NHS reorganisation in England will distract GPs from what they do best, a seminar in London was told by Clare Gerada, chairwoman of the Royal College of General Practitioners. She found support for her view from the shadow health secretary, John Healey, but was challenged by another GP, Johnny Marshall.

The Westminster Health Forum seminar held at the Royal College of Surgeons examined how putting commissioning into GPs’ hands would change their role. Dr Gerada, herself the daughter of a singlehanded GP, said that the pattern of general practice was recognisably the same today as it had been 50 years ago. GPs were pragmatists and were working tremendously hard to make the reforms work, she said, but what really mattered was their relations with their patients, improving patients’ access …

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