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The introduction of walk in health centres—the end of general practice?

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 24 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1146
  1. Shaun O'Connell, General practitioner (
  1. The Street Lane Practice, Leeds LS8 1AY

    EDITOR—The prime minister's announcement that walk in health centres are to be set up beggars belief.1 One of the crucial strengths of British general practice is the ability to register with a general practitioner. That doctor is able get to know patients and their families, such knowledge contributing enormously to the quality of advice that can be given. It saves a lot of expense …

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