Primary health care

  • Margot Jefferys


The author describes the development of Primary Health Care from the creation of the National Health Service until the 1980s. The division of service provision between local authorities and health services perpetuated older professional hostilities and was counterproductive to interprofessional collaboration. The changing status and power of key professional groups of doctors, nurses and social workers over time are described. Important changes and developments towards more partnership and group arrangements in general practice in the 1960s and 1970s, and NHS contractual arrangements in the 1980s and 1990s, have inevitably moved primary health care into a more teamwork-orientated approach.


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