GP contracts should enable providing or buying all but the most specialist services

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The pressure of a growing and ageing population (many of whom have long-term conditions, aggravated by factors like obesity, smoking and alcohol misuse), is made all the more pressing by the financial challenges that the entire health system faces – and are keenly felt within general practice.

This has prompted the RCGP to launch a campaign to 'back general practice', calling for an additional 1 per cent of the 2014/15 NHS budget to be allocated to GP surgeries.

For a number of years, we have been making the case for GPs to play a stronger leadership role in the delivery of care, working alongside colleagues in the community, social and acute sector.

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