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NHS England provides a major boost for general practice

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 26 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2357
  1. Sam Everington, chair1,
  2. Martin Roland, professor of health services research2
  1. 1Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group, Mile End Hospital, London, UK
  2. 2Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 0SR, UK.
  1. Correspondence to:M Roland mr108{at}

The next step is to transform the rest of the healthcare system with the same vision

“There is arguably no more important job in modern Britain than that of the family doctor.” So says Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, in his introduction to the General Practice Forward View,1 a new strategic plan that recognises the mistake of expanding hospital funding at the expense of primary care over the past decade. Maureen Baker, president of the Royal College of General Practitioners, calls it “the most significant announcement for general practice since the 1960s.”2

The proposals are extensive—£2.4bn (€3bn; $3.5bn) extra funding to increase general practice’s share of the NHS budget in England from under 8.5% in 2014-15 to over 10% by 2020. There will be 5000 more general practitioners, 3000 new mental health therapists in primary care, 1500 pharmacists working in general practices, 1000 physician associates, £900m ($1.3bn) for new premises, reductions in bureaucracy, and a wide range of other proposals. The plans are largely in line with recommendations from the Primary Care Workforce Commission3 and the House of Commons …

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