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BMA sets out vision for new approach to general practice

8th November 2013

The British Medical Association (BMA) has called for NHS general practice models to be overhauled to ensure that GPs are able to meet the challenges they presently face.

A report from the BMA GP committee called Developing General Practice: Providing Healthcare Solutions for the Future has suggested a new approach to delivering care across general practice is needed, given the rising workload pressures and falling resources many doctors are facing.

Key recommendations include more integrated and personalised model of patient care, delivered by a team built around the GP practice, while efforts need to be made to improve urgent and out-of-hours primary care services.

The association is also calling for improved accessibility and local accountability by extending surgery opening times and utilising technologies such as Skype for patient consultations, while more needs to be done to empower patients as partners.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chair of the BMA's GP committee, said: "The BMA is keen to hear the views of grassroots GPs about the future of general practice and I would encourage every GP to share their views with us."

This comes after the government outlined plans to provide extended GP clinic opening hours last month.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801658779-ADNFCR

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