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Primary care will not meet demand unless practices take on more clinical support staff, say experts

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1299 (Published 21 March 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l1299
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

The NHS cannot recruit as many GPs as it needs, so practices should employ other staff to help with their workload, says a report by three leading healthcare think tanks.1

The report said that, despite national efforts to increase GP numbers, “the stark reality is that even with a major focus on increasing the number of GPs in training, we project the numbers of GPs in the NHS will fall substantially short of demand and of the government’s target of an additional 5000 GPs.”

The only way to meet demand would be to expand the multidisciplinary team and draw on the skills …

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