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Think tank calls for new GP contracts to encourage innovation

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 04 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6653
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

General practice contracts should be remodelled to encourage practices to work together alongside hospital specialists, pharmacists, and social care staff, a leading UK healthcare think tank has urged.

The recommendation from the Nuffield Trust is given in a briefing paper proposing solutions to the current pressure facing UK general practice.1 The pressure has prompted fears that the primary care system may collapse under the weight of growing demand and shrinking resources.2

The trust’s paper, Is General Practice in Crisis? argues that although standards of care in general practice have remained high, a workforce crisis is emerging, and access to care is falling because funding isn’t enough to cope with current demand.

NHS England has acknowledged the need to increase primary care funding over the next five years. It recently set out ambitious plans to form larger multi-provider organisations comprising …

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