Book News: October 28th, 1999

Richard Lewis and Steve GillamThe days of a single national contract for general practitioners are over. Personal medical service pilot projects are bringing forward new forms of primary care that may overcome the weaknesses of the single national contract. Initiatives such as nurse- led practices and salaried GP schemes mean that the needs of people who often miss out on traditional primary care arrangements will now be met. The book examines how local contracting is beginning to work. It shows that many pilot projects are changing traditional relationships in primary care. NHS Trusts can improve planning for local needs and overcome the obstacles of the single national contract.

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