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RCGP welcomes PCNs but warns against one-size-fits-all approach


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RCGP welcomes PCNs but warns against one-size-fits-all approach

The Royal College of General Practitioners has welcomed the official launch of primary care networks, but warns that the policy must reflect the different support needs and rates of development of general practices up and down the country.

Helen Stokes-Lampard, the college’s chair, said: "Working in networks should allow general practices to pool clinical and administrative resources, as well as making it easier to introduce truly multi-disciplinary teams - ultimately it should help to free up GPs' time to spend with patients who need us most, and improve access to more integrated services for our communities. However, there is no one size fits all approach to resolving the pressures facing general practice, and while structural reorganisation like this can be positive for surgeries with sufficient resources, others will need a lot more support and time to develop.”