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Primary care improvement in Wales “over reliant” on key individuals

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4764 (Published 13 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4764
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

Primary care clusters in Wales are overly reliant on enthusiastic individuals, with many GPs and primary care staff unable to become involved because of work pressures, a National Assembly for Wales report has warned.1

The report, by the assembly’s health, social care, and sport committee, urges a “step change” in the government’s approach to its 64 primary care clusters, which allow GP practices to combine and provide other services including physiotherapy, pharmacy, counselling, and specialist nursing.

Part of the drive behind the establishment of clusters in 2015 was to reduce workload …

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