Patients must stop being just “patients”

first things firstI agree with the NHS Alliance’s “Manifesto for Primary Care” when it says  that it is time “for a true primary care led NHS”.  Indeed it is and has been really since 1948.  But what their manifesto doesn’t seem to get is that sharing decisions with communities about investment and service priorities, access and ensuring responsiveness means working in a different dimension.

GPs and health workers cannot still be in the driving seat, only explaining more and sharing data.

Patients must stop being just “patients”. We must be invested in to become assets, leaders and real partners in care and co-owners of the system we pay for.

See what else I think a really radical manifesto for primary care should have included to really break the boundaries.



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