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Having a named GP doesn’t improve older patients’ continuity of care, finds study

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 24 September 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5682
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

The named GP scheme, introduced for all patients in England over 75 in 2014, did not lead to improvements in continuity of care or in rates of unplanned admissions to hospital, researchers have found.1

The scheme gave all these patients a named accountable GP, in a bid to improve care among the ageing population and to try to ensure that their complex health and care needs were met.

However, researchers from the University of Bristol have found that it did not have the desired effect. They said that the “patient-doctor relationship is much more complex” than the scheme …

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