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Referrals plan 'will turn us into travel agents' say GPs

The NHS should stop concentrating on US models of chronic disease management and look to its own successes, according to a GP Government adviser.

Dr Steve Feast, clinical lead at the National Primary Care and Trust Development Programme, made the comments at the launch of Can Do!, an NHS Alliance publication featuring examples of good practice in clinical engagement from across the country.

A co-author of the book and a GP in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, Dr Feast said the NHS often failed to promote its own 'good news stories' and that while many people were looking to the work of Kaiser Permanente as a model for chronic disease management there was evidence that 'it is happening organically here anyway'.

Dr Feast added: 'How do we stop things being imposed on us and at the same time take what is good from the international experience?'

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