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GPs and specialists lack understanding and respect for each other, report says

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 27 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4438
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

GPs need longer training and better communication with specialists, a report into the future role of the medical generalist has urged.

The report by the Royal College of General Practitioners, a response to the college and Health Foundation’s independent Commission on Generalism published last October, said that the “vital” role of the medical generalist must be more widely recognised and enhanced.

Speaking at the report launch, chair of the RCGP Clare Gerada emphasised the importance of the role of the GP. “The GP is at the centre of the NHS, is at the centre of healthcare and it’s the GP who makes the NHS safer, fairer, kinder …

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