J Med Ethics 6:23-25 doi:10.1136/jme.6.1.23
  • Research Article

Special features of general practice (primary care) and ethical implications.


In all systems of health care there are certain essential levels of care and service. These take the form of self-care within the family unit; primary professional care by general medical nursing or social practitioners within a local neighbourhood; general specialist care in a district and super-specialist care in a region. Each of these has its own special roles and responsibilities and each is considered in this paper.