Improving access to medical careBMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7223.1496 (Published 04 December 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1496
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General practice cooperatives are coping well
- Mark Reynolds, chairman
- National Association of General Practice Cooperatives, PO Box 55, Leeds LS2 9SU
- Grasmere Street Health Centre, Leigh, Lancashire WN7 1XB
EDITOR—Cooperatives present patients with the easiest access to a doctor of any part of the NHS. We have led the way in modernising out of hours primary care, and we have been arguing for, and in many areas creating, a “whole systems approach” to access. It was therefore galling to read that “patients may have bypassed general practices and cooperatives as phone lines became overwhelmed; and accident and emergency staff often had no other options but to admit.”1 These unfounded …
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