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26-03-2012 | General practice | Article

RCGP calls for ‘UK vision’ of care



MedWire News: RCGP leaders have called for a UK-wide approach to healthcare based on core unifying principles across national borders.

In a joint statement, the four GPs - leaders of the RCGP's UK, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland Councils - urged health ministers to put general practice at the heart of this approach.

Indeed, they stressed that general practice is "mission critical" to the NHS at a time when the NHS needs to find efficiencies without compromising patient care.

"We believe that across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland there is clear evidence that investing in primary care and involving GPs in shaping and designing services will be essential to meeting the future needs of patients and communities whilst protecting the principles of the NHS," said Council Chairs Dr Clare Gerada, Dr John Gillies, Dr Paul Myres and Professor Scott Brown.

They called for greater investment in providing more care in the community, more GPs and extended GP training, integrating health and social care and involving clinicians in planning services to "build on the strengths of general practice".

"A vision is needed that builds on the strengths of general practice and the trust placed in it by the public, and unlocks its potential to deliver improved, more cost effective patient care across the NHS and within our communities," said Dr Gerada and colleagues.

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By Caroline Price