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Increase general practice funding or risk “death of the family doctor,” GP leader warns

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h859 (Published 20 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h859
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

The UK government must urgently increase funding of general practice or face “the death of the family doctor,” a GPs’ leader has warned.

Speaking at the Westminster Health Forum in London, Michael Dixon, chair of the NHS Alliance, said that general practice had been “systematically mugged” by the rest of the NHS over the past decade, as resources had been cut by 25% as demand increased substantially. The alliance represents primary care providers and health professionals.

Dixon said that general practice was evidently “not fit for …

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