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NHS five-year plan is road to ruin, warn GP leaders

The GPC has attacked the Government's new five-year plan to revolutionise the NHS as a 'celebration of ignorance' that fails to recognise the value of general practice.

GPs should retain their role as generalist gatekeepers to the health service, according to a report from the RCGP.

The college's 'future of general practice' working group said GPs had a 'unique constellation of skills' that would become more important as society became 'progressively more technical and depersonalised'.

As the number of older people with co-morbidities increases, GPs with understanding of individual patients were best placed to co-ordinate complex care, it found.

It warned that the fragmentation of care would duplicate investigation and referral and increase adverse drug interactions and complications.

Outgoing RCGP chair Professor David Haslam said the NHS depended on GPs and warned patient care would suffer if GPs did not continue to be a 'thriving and hopefully expanding part of the NHS'.

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