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Primary care trusts need to tackle disparities in general practice

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 11 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:603
  1. Debashis Singh
  1. London

    Resources and services offered to patients in primary care vary widely, with the best resourced practices able to afford twice as much for each registered patient as the least well resourced practices, finds a report by the public spending watchdog, the Audit Commission. Primary care trusts need to tackle this disparity, says the report.

    The report aims to help managers of primary care trusts to maximise the benefits of the new contract for general practitioners, which comes into effect next month, and the additional planned investment by the government of £1.9bn ($3.5bn; €2.8bn) in the health …

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