Safeguards are needed for new proposals for primary care

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7074.149 (Published 11 January 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:149
  1. Iona Heath, General practitionera,
  2. Stephen Amiel, General practitionera
  1. a Caversham Group Practice, Kentish Town Health Centre, London NW5 2AJ

    Editor–Opportunity and threat are inextricably linked. Mike Pringle sees the government's last but one white paper as the opportunity for a thousand flowers to bloom.1 2 We see it as a threat to the survival of general practice, particularly in deprived inner city areas. It makes no attempt to address the reasons for the crisis in the recruitment, retention, and morale of inner city general practitioners–namely, poor premises, frozen improvement grants and staffing budgets, inadequate support services for patients with mental …

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