Essential qualities of general practice being lost

GPs have called for stronger leadership to preserve and articulate the essential qualities of traditional general practice.

At the 2008 RCGP conference in Bournemouth yesterday, in a workshop on leadership challenges for the profession, GPs discussed the need to identify and protect the attributes that are being lost in the heavy-handed management culture of the NHS.

Dr Kieran Sweeney, lead clinician and programme director of the RCGP Leadership Programme, said he was concerned that the intellectual complexity and public importance of general practice was not better understood.

‘I am angry that we seem to have lost the ability to articulate general practice. It’s really important that we flush out what we do and why we do it.

‘We need to articulate how we might support the innovations in the delivery of primary care that are upon us, and preserve what should endure in British general practice that is the envy of the world.’

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