Intended for healthcare professionals

Views And Reviews Primary Colour

Helen Salisbury: Did you save any lives today?

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k5039 (Published 02 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:k5039

Re: Helen Salisbury: Did you save any lives today?

A big thank you to Helen Salisbury for an excellent reminder that continuity of care is a vital part of general practice. It is hugely valuable both for GPs and patients to have a good doctor-patient relationship, which has been shown to improve health outcomes, and should be part of the reason for being a GP in the first place. It is really important that with the current fashion to have bigger primary care organisations, which are touted as being more efficient (without a great deal of evidence), that the basic importance of continuity of care isn't lost. Thank you Dr Salisbury.

Competing interests: No competing interests

08 January 2019
Chris Wayte
Breast physician and retired GP
Royal United Hospital, Bath
RUH, Bath