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GPs and consultants should work together in one stop health centres

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 08 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:281
  1. Oona Mashta
  1. 1London

    GPs should work alongside consultants in health centres providing a “one stop service” for patients to get treatment and tests in a single visit, says the UK government's GP tsar.

    Specially trained GPs could refer patients to senior consultants who are literally down the corridor, operating on cataracts, hernias, and varicose veins, for example, reducing hospital waiting times and saving money, David Colin-Thomé, national director for primary care, recommends in the latest report on reconfiguring services.

    Dr Colin-Thomé makes the clinical case for expanding the services provided by GPs, nurses, and pharmacists in the report, which is in line …

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