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Government rejects MPs’ calls to restore doctor-patient relationship to heart of general practice

BMJ 2023; 382 doi: (Published 26 July 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;382:p1726
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

Various steps recommended by MPs last year to improve the doctor-patient relationship in general practice have been rejected by the government on the grounds that doctors should decide on how best to organise care.

Although the government has accepted many of the 28 recommendations made by the Health and Social Care Committee in its report on the future of general practice,1 it has ruled out recommendations that touch on the doctor-patient relationship, such as continuity and personal lists. Recommendations such as limiting the patient list size, introducing a national measure of continuity of care, and championing the personal list model were all turned down.2

In their report MPs warned that the GP profession was demoralised, that too many doctors …

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