Secret filming shows fundamental problems in general practiceBMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d6392 (Published 04 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6392
- Aneez Esmail, professor of primary care, University of Manchester
It was a comment that I made in an interview for BBC Radio 4’s File on 4 programme that caught the attention of producers at Channel 4’s Dispatches. I had been speaking about the problems of understanding patient safety in general practice and how little we knew about issues related to wrong diagnosis and misdiagnosis. I also raised the question of who would monitor general practitioners in the brave new world of commissioning. Would I, they asked, be willing to take part in a documentary that would open the lid on some of these issues?
Improving patient safety in primary care is one of my research interests. I have investigated the main problem areas and how we can monitor and improve things. As the medical adviser to Dame Janet Smith on the …