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GP staff are running food banks and giving advice on dealing with poverty

BMJ 2024; 385 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.q1339 (Published 17 June 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;385:q1339
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

GPs, primary care staff, and schoolteachers are all taking on additional roles to help people deal with poverty related problems, according to new research.

A survey has found that general practices, community healthcare settings, and primary schools are spending time and money to help people affected by poverty including providing food banks and advice on problems with housing and benefits.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, a charity that works towards solving poverty, published a report1 on 17 June looking at the impact of hardship on primary schools and primary and community healthcare.

The research focused on staff based in 15 GP surgeries and 15 primary school in the bottom 40% most deprived areas in England and Scotland, followed by focus groups, and a survey of 504 …

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