Primary care needs more management not more private sector involvement, conference hears

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 17 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1027
  1. Lisa Hitchen
  1. London

    Undermanagement of general practice means that services are unequal across England, delegates were told at a conference on the changing face of the profession. And this problem would continue until poor management was tackled.

    Ron Singer, a GP principal in Edmonton, London, was speaking on behalf of the Keep Our NHS Public campaign at the meeting in London last week, which was organised by the Westminster Health Forum.

    “The key thing is that general practice is undermanaged. GPs can do what the hell they like in some areas, and that does not help, particularly in deprived areas. Something like 7% of NHS money goes on managing the service. By any industry standards that is about 50% undermanaged.”

    Although he acknowledged that this …

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