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'Bedrock of the health system'.

WALES' chief medical officer Dr Ruth Hussey spoke about the changing role of GPs at a conference in Cardiff.

With plans by Wales' health boards to push more services out into the community, Dr Hussey said the primary health care team is the "bedrock" of the health system and said they are very much seen as the hub of the community.

Dr Hussey said primary health care professionals hold an "incredibly privileged" role and that the trust between them and patients is at the very heart of the service.

She added: "At the heart of a primary care relationship is that trust and there's lots of evidence about the importance of that trusting relationship.

"People trust primary health care professionals with their deepest personal issues. At the heart of it all is that relationship.

"We need a primary health care system that is systematic, organised and preventative but also very sensitive to the needs of individuals."

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jan 24, 2013
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