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The Challenge for Primary Care

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 22 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:233
  1. Martin Marshall, professor of general practice (
  1. National Primary Care Research and Development Centre, University of Manchester

    Primary care might not be the sexiest part of the NHS, but it is essential if the health service is to function effectively. Each day over 95% of the contacts that patients make with the NHS take place in primary care. Most of these are dealt with without any input from the hospital sector. Primary care services are cost effective, most of them are of high quality, and we know that patients rate them highly. Why then do so many frontline primary care professionals feel demoralised and fearful …

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