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Gary Martin

  • Drive to recruit non-GPs accelerates

    Gary Martin's comment 31 Jul 2015 4:37pm

    one in three GP appointments are musculoskeletal. An area of medicine that other than GPSI;s no little about. Why not employ the specialists in this field; physiotherapists, to lighten the load. This may de-skill some GPs but it's about the service and seeing the right person, at the right place at the right time. Do I also need to point out that you can get 3 physios for the price of one GP.

  • Most GPs ‘drowning in work’, says NICE chair

    Gary Martin's comment 02 May 2014 9:48am

    If 30% of a GP's workload is musculoskeletal then why not have a physiotherapist working in each surgery on a ratio of 1:2. In any other sector you would expect to see the right person at the right place at the right time. So come on GPs loosen your grip, start delegating and stop bleating.

  • MPs reject call for NHS competition to be scrapped

    Gary Martin's comment 13 Feb 2014 7:57pm

    Come on NHS, just step up and provide the best high quality, innovative, accessible services you can for your patients. You are trusted, integrated and unlike your competitors you don't even have to make a profit. What more do you want in terms of having a market advantage ?

  • What can be done to solve the GP recruitment crisis?

    Gary Martin's comment 06 Feb 2014 8:59am

    Up to 30% of GP appointments are musculoskeletal conditions such as neck and back pain. The experts in this field are physiotherapists who can now prescribe medications. Meet the demand of patients and address the crisis in insufficient numbers of GPs by making physio's the first point of contact in GP surgeries. Simple.

  • Investigation: Are we at risk of running out of GPs?

    Gary Martin's comment 06 Feb 2014 8:56am

    Up to 30% of GP appointments are musculoskeletal conditions such as neck and back pain. The experts in this field are physiotherapists. Meet the demand of patients and address the crisis in insufficient numbers by making physio's the first point of contact in GP surgeries. Simple.

  • NHS Mandate pledges to boost e-consultations with GPs

    Gary Martin's comment 16 Nov 2012 12:17pm

    Why shouldn't GPs embrace technology such as Skype. There is an assumption that patients wouldn't want it but many don't want to take time off of work. The HSJ reported earlier in the year how 50% of patient calls were managed by telephone contact with a high patient satisfaction level. The reason many GPs and clinicians are so busy is that they work inefficiently and seem to want to continue to do so. Outside of health sector every other organisation analyses it's performance and looks for effective measures of better delivery. The health world needs to start embracing technology and change.