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Consultants have responsibility to community, not just inpatients, says chair of GP partnership review

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l4827 (Published 23 July 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l4827
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

Hospitals and hospital consultants have a responsibility to the wider community, not just their patients, and should start thinking that way, the chair of the government’s GP partnership review has said.

Nigel Watson, who was speaking on a panel at a King’s Fund event on primary care networks on 17 July, said that the new networks were an opportunity to completely rethink the health service, for example by moving certain services and the resources tied to them into the community.

At the end of June this year over 99% of general practices in England (around 70 000) had come together to form 1200 primary care networks (PCNs), meeting …

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