Opportunities and risks within the expanding role of general practice

Elizabeth M. Speakman*, Helen Jarvis, David Whiteley

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General practice has been increasingly required to expand its role to take on more complex care — demands enabled by the fluid boundaries of what constitutes ‘general practice’. To date, this expansion has largely related to the care of older patients with multiple morbidities; however, medical advances also present increasing opportunities to relocate specific treatments to primary care that have previously been the sole domain of hospital specialists. With the pressures of COVID-19 and yet more proposed NHS reorganisation, is it fair, or even feasible, to expect GPs to take on more responsibility, which may also open them to censure or legal liability?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)344-345
Number of pages2
JournalBritish Journal of General Practice
Issue number709
Early online date29 Jul 2021
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021


  • general practice
  • medical advances
  • primary care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice


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