Commentary & Podcasts

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GPs are economic agents, too

In this essay, Richard Disney analyses the economic incentives offered to GPs over where and how to work, and uses economic theory to propose improvements.

Published: 08 November 2021
Author: Richard Disney
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How freeing GPs from bureaucracy and low-level tasks can improve primary care

The problem of lack of access to GPs lies not in some deficiencies in the GP service and the individual practitioners, but in the public’s entitlement to access with no conditions. In this essay, John Allingham makes the case for a reorientation of our expectations of GPs.

Published: 08 November 2021
Author: John Allingham
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Starting the conversation – the analysis that provoked the discussions that led to this collection

James Kirkup, SMF Director, launches the SMF's essay series "A healthier future: How to make general practice work better for everyone". The series was born out of the responses to a Times article written by James, in August 2021. In this introductory piece, James showcases the article where it all began and reflects on the importance of contributions to this series (and outside of it).

Published: 08 November 2021
Author: James Kirkup
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GPs should work more closely with other services – and not be asked to solve wider social problems

So much is now defined as “medical”, requiring and getting a medical intervention, that the system is overwhelmed. In this essay, Tim Howard argues for why the role of the GP needs to be clarified (and subsequently better resourced) such that they can effectively treat key medical issues, whilst directing more deep-rooted problems to the appropriate institutions.

Published: 08 November 2021
Author: Tim Howard
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Why we must amend the Health and Care Bill and establish an Office for Equitable Distribution of GPs in England

There has been no way of ensuring the equitable distribution of general medical practitioners (GPs) in England since 2001. Deprived areas are being worst affected by shortages of GPs. That trend is increasing, and is widening health inequalities. This essay, by John Gooderham, offers a solution to the problem. The financial implications are neutral, and the running costs are low.

Published: 08 November 2021
Author: John Gooderham
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Each facet of the GP service is in dire need of reforms, for it to deliver care to UK’s ageing population

Most of the care required in our country is dispensed by the General Practice. In this essay, Dean Eggitt breaks down the GP service – on financing, governance, and priorities – and suggests reforms that should better enable it to deliver on the UK’s primary care needs.

Published: 08 November 2021
Author: Dean Eggitt
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