Invest in primary care if you want to relieve emergency departments, GP leader says

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 28 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1839
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

The chairwoman of the Royal College of General Practitioners, Maureen Baker, has criticised the government’s decision to offer financial bailouts to emergency services departments in England and urged ministers to refocus resources on improving services in the community.

Baker said short term and politically motivated interventions like the £500m (€610; $830) fund for emergency services,1 announced last year by the prime minister, David Cameron, would not address the underlying pressures throughout the NHS.

Speaking at the Open Forum conference, “Managing accident and emergency: averting an A&E crisis,” in Manchester on 26 February, Baker urged ministers to look at the …

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