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Extra GPs needed for primary care gapGovernment amends review body's remitGMC to consult on guidance for medical managersNHS 1999 cash allocationsBMA Notices

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 21 November 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1459

Extra GPs needed for primary care gap

Concern over the extra workload for GPs when the 481 primary care groups are introduced in England next April was expressed to the Commons health committee last week by Dr John Chisholm, chairman of the BMA General Practitioners Committee. He said that an extra 155 GPs would be needed to cover for colleagues absent at primary care group board meetings. “Everybody is finding the pace of change quite threatening,” Dr Chisholm said. “There is a political imperative to implement the reforms on 1 April, but in reality the pace is extremely daunting. Every GP is going to find they are personally doing more work at a time when they already feel they have quite enough. It would be quite erroneous to think that just because they might see advantages of the change in principle, they are going to be happy having to spend more hours in their surgeries or going to meetings.”

The health minister, Alan Milburn, said that the changes were the biggest development in primary …

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