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BMA sets out general practice reforms to meet rising demands

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5131 (Published 25 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5131
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

The BMA has called for a “meaningful programme of reform” to create a general practice that meets the needs of patients and attracts new graduates to the profession. Not implementing such changes “would be nothing short of a dereliction of [the government’s] duty to care for the nation’s health,” said Chaand Nagpaul, chair of the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee.

After a two year consultation with patients, doctors, and other stakeholders, the BMA said that patients want to continue to see primary healthcare delivered by GPs based in the community and not by commercial companies or by GPs based in hospitals.

The association’s blueprint for the future of general practice pours cold water over the government’s plans for a seven day …

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