Seeing the same GP really is a matter of life and death

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The new study is the… Seeing the same family doctor year after year reduces the chance of dying prematurely, a new study has found. The major review concluded that patients are more likely to complete courses of treatment, live healthily between consultations and be candid about symptoms when treated by GPs they know. However, the researchers said that the fast pace of technological innovation risks blinding health chiefs to the benefits this brings. Published in the BMJ Open, the study comes the month after a survey across the NHS found that found seeing the same GP is now harder than ever, despite a Government pledge five years ago to restore the “personal link” between patients and doctors. read more

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