Letters Primary care’s NHS activity

Claim that primary care provides in excess of 80% NHS activity is wrong

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6163 (Published 22 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6163
  1. Paul D Miller, consultant psychiatrist1
  1. 1Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield S5 8BE, UK
  1. paul.miller{at}shsc.nhs.uk

Lumb states that primary care provides “in excess of 80% NHS activity.”1 Although such comments are often made, even by senior representatives of the Royal College of General Practitioners, it is not true and does not stand up to reason or analysis.

The NHS staff survey September 2012 for England shows 100 899 full time equivalent doctors in …

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