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general practitioner

n. Abbr. GP
A physician whose practice is not oriented to a specific medical specialty but instead covers a variety of medical problems in patients of all ages. Also called family doctor.

general practitioner (GP)

Etymology: L, genus, kind; Gk, praktikos, practical
a family practice physician. See also family medicine, family practice, family practice physician.

general practitioner

A fully registered medical practitioner in the UK who provides general medical services to a particular group of patients or “list”, either in partnership with other GPs, as a salaried GP in a group or, less commonly, as a single practitioner. GPs may also provide inpatient care in community hospitals. A GP will refer patients “forward” to a consultant (hospital specialist) when the patients’ needs cannot be addressed locally. GPs in the UK are not NHS employees, but rather contract independently with the NHS.

A physician who practices “general medicine”, often an older physician who did not specialise in any field of medicine after graduation from medical school. Most so-defined GPs have since retired from practice.

general practitioner

A physician who practices 'general medicine', often an older physician who did not specialize in any field of medicine after graduation from medical school. Cf Family practitioner, Generalist.

fam·i·ly prac·tice phy·si·cian

(fam'i-lē prak'tis fi-zish'ŭn)
The trained health care professional who attends most of the needs of her patients through diagnosis to pharmacotherapy. Previously, the first caregiver seen by patients.

general practitioner

A doctor who does not specialize in any particular branch of medicine but who treats a wide variety of relatively minor medical conditions and is able to discern those conditions requiring specialist attention.

general practitioner,

n a medical doctor who attends to the everyday medical needs of individuals within a community.

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General practice in Wales is primarily delivered through GP partnerships where GPs lead teams of staff delivering a wide range of primary and community care services to their patients.
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) today launched its bold new funding model: Vision for general practice and a sustainable healthcare system, which sets the tone for delivering more efficient and sustainable healthcare.
FIVE STAFF members, including four nurses, have bought a Greymouth general practice following the departure of its owner, long-serving West Coast GP JD Naidoo.
The cost for diabetes prescriptions issued in English and Welsh general practices increased by 7% between 2013 and 2014, with the total spend in 2014 being [pounds sterling]902 million
In these situations we will work closely with NHS England, who will ensure that people registered at that practice continue have access to safe and highquality general practice.
The document, entitled General Practice - A Prescription For A Healthy Future, wants 10.
PROMINENT family doctors have warned that there is a "workforce crisis" within general practice in the North East.
The AMA also believes general practices should be better supported to employ practice nurses by making practice nurse grants available to all general practices and ensuring that the Medicare Benefits Schedule recognises the full scope of patient care that GP practice nurses can provide.
General practice has been the cornerstone of the NHS providing 90% of all health care to patients and their families, but for less than 10% of the NHS budget.
Additional resources could have been provided to existing general practices to provide extended opening hours at a fraction of the cost of setting up new practices.
Moreover, contrary to much Government spin and press opinion, general practice continues to be provided at fantastic value for money for the NHS, with primary care consuming only a tenth of NHS resources despite doing nine tenths of the work.
The people who run these businesses need the expertise of general practice CPAs.

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