GPs' visions of practice life in 2015
Larger practices, fewer independent contractors and a mainly female workforce battling to maintain pay rates will characterise general practice in 2015, Dr Hamish Meldrum predicts.
But on the positive side, GPs will have fought off the threat from the private sector despite Government attempts to rig the NHS market by offering a wide range of high-quality services.
Dr Meldrum, GPC chair, gave his prediction as part of a series BMJ articles which also included pieces by Dr Mayur Lakhani, RCGP chair, and Dr Dougal Jeffries, a GP in the Isles of Scilly.
Dr Lakhani's vision was of practices at the centre of a community network of providers, with generalist GPs offering patient-centred care.
He added: 'Virtually all health problems including mental health will be dealt with in primary care.'
Dr Jeffries presented an optimistic vision including a return to the founding values of the NHS, outlawing competition and targets, and improving coordination and co-operation.