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General practice 'is wrong for the NHS'

General practice is the wrong model for the NHS if it wants to promote healthy living, a report by health think-tank the King's Fund concludes.

The discussion paper, Prevention Rather than Cure, concluded a new first point of contact, more akin to health clubs rather than GP surgeries, was needed in a system that would give priority to 'keeping well'. It also argued general practice puts too much focus on ad hoc clinical interventions and waiting times initiatives and pays too little attention to mental health until problems become acute.

GPs have 'a tendency to see each transaction as a needy patient presenting a problem that can be solved by a professional', the report added.

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