'Say no to a Martini NHS', pleads RCGP chairman

General practice has a bright future according to RCGP chairman Dr Mayur Lakhani.

Professor Lakhani
Professor Lakhani

In his keynote speech at the RCGP conference in Edinburgh, Dr Lakhani thanked GPs for their hard work in delivering high quality clinical care and said there were many reasons to be optimistic about the profession.

However, he highlighted that access remains a major issue requiring sensible solutions and he urged GPs to get involved.

He added: ‘Officials are very keen to have the ‘Martini’ health service – any time, any place, anywhere, any GP – but we know this is wrong, because what some officials do not understand is the importance of the registered list, from which grows continuity of relationships, population care.’

He cited the government’s latest review of the NHS as an opportunity and a ‘catalyst’ for change and developing local solutions to problems. He encouraged GPs to engage with their PCTs and to use the RCGP’s roadmap for the future of general practice to drive practice forward.

monika.polak@haymarket.com

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