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Letters Missed GP appointments

Missed GP appointments linked to higher risk of death

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 05 February 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l485
  1. Philip Wilson, professor of primary care and rural health1,
  2. Ross McQueenie, research associate2,
  3. David Ellis, lecturer in computational social science3,
  4. Andrea Williamson, clinical senior university lecturer, undergraduate medical school, general practice and primary care2
  1. 1Centre for Rural Health, University of Aberdeen, Inverness IV2 3JH, UK
  2. 2General Practice and Primary Care, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
  3. 3Department of Psychology, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK
  1. p.wilson{at}

Iacobucci points out that missed GP appointments have been the subject of intense political interest, much of it misleading and designed to blame “feckless” patients.1 In a recent article in BMC Medicine, we described an extremely strong association between repeatedly …

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