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General practice: Policy makers must value continuity of care over access and targets, GP conference hears

BMJ 2022; 377 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o1202 (Published 12 May 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;377:o1202
  1. Adele Waters
  1. The BMJ

The government’s emphasis on access to GPs should be replaced by an ambition to improve continuity of care, GP representatives agreed last week—a move that they said would not only improve clinical outcomes but would be most cost effective.

In an impassioned debate at the local medical committee (LMC) conference in York on 11 May, GP representatives from around the UK spoke about how the concept of continuity—where a GP is connected to patients and their families throughout their lives—was core to general practice and GPs’ job satisfaction. They overwhelmingly backed a motion instructing the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee to demand a move away from a target based GP contract to one that would reward and prioritise continuity.

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