Letters Urgent care and primary care

Primary care is not urgent care, and we need more urgent care

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h2218 (Published 28 April 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2218
  1. Daniel J Albert, general practitioner and emergency medicine doctor1
  1. 1Kendal, UK
  1. daniel.albert{at}nhs.net

Loxterkamp argues that general practices are better than urgent care centres for treating urgent problems.1 This has relevance in the UK. The current government was advised by GPs who shared Loxterkamp’s view and closed down many GP led (Darzi) health centres. This made neither economic nor ethical sense.

A recent survey showed that the Sheffield Darzi centre …

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