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J R Soc Med. 2006 May; 99(5): 221.
PMCID: PMC1457756

Contribution of general practice to NHS patients

I commend the article by Wilson et al. (January 2006 JRSM1).

Regarding the equity of general practitioner provision, the authors correctly point out the under provision in some working class areas. Government policy is to introduce non-NHS providers, including multinational private health corporations. No mention is made of the former Medical Practices Committee, which stopped GPs practising in over-doctored areas, like Kensington, and gave financial incentives to doctors setting up in under-doctored areas.


1. Wilson T, Roland M, Ham C. The contribution of general practice and the general practitioner to NHS patients. J R Soc Med 2006;99: 24-8 [PMC free article] [PubMed]

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