A landmark study of collective action by general practices

Watt, G. (2014) A landmark study of collective action by general practices. British Journal of General Practice, 64(622), pp. 218-219. (doi: 10.3399/bjgp14X679561)

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The independent contractor status of general practice has been a feature of the UK NHS since its inception. Positive consequences have allowed the opportunity for practices to pioneer new aspects of practice and to develop local solutions to local problems. Negative consequences include huge variation in what practices do and what they achieve. The multiplicity of practice voices and the lack of connecting infrastructure have also reduced the impact of general practice as a force for health and health system improvement.<p></p> The value of joint working between practices has been demonstrated in many areas, including undergraduate teaching, postgraduate training, primary care research, and service development, but when networks and federations are based on self-selected practices, significant numbers of practices and very large numbers of patients are excluded.<p></p>

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Watt, Professor Graham
Authors: Watt, G.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
Journal Name:British Journal of General Practice
Publisher:Royal College of General Practitioners
ISSN (Online):1478-5242

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