So the problem is that workers do not feel able to take time off work to look after their health and the solution is to make GPs more available 'at a time that suits them (employees)'. Is there any possibility that employers might be encouraged to recognize their part in this by being supportive when staff need time to attend appointments or paying for the private healthcare that will allow appointments at times which suit them?
Fantastic! No more handing out paper prescriptions to get lost, or forgotten, or stolen, or sold. Now it will be a paper token, printed on prescription paper with the details of the medication prescribed and the patient's details..... How is this any different? Except for the risk of the computer system crashing so that the pharmacy can't access the prescription to dispense it, even though the patient is standing in the shop with all the necessary information.
The new study - published in the - found that there was an average of 378 deaths within 30 days of patients who attended A&E on an average weekend day compared with 378 on an average weekday, which the authors said was significantly fewer.
Ed - please could you review this paragraph? There seem to be problems with it.
The GP is ideally placed to put the bins out. Councils can save £14.7bn by passing work to the NHS. Elderly people going on holiday have to add the binmen to the list of organisations to notify when they go on holiday. A genius idea all round.
I think you might be missing the potential upside of this. Yes, it's another box to tick, to confirm work already being done and not currently funded...
So, can LMCs confirm the number of approaches they have had from interested parties looking to open new practices? And how many of the 109 practices mentioned are in fact merging or otherwise continuing with another structure?
How long before any two of these scrutineers come up with directly contradictory requirements and some poor practice is stuck in the middle? Or all their requirements match exactly, in which case what on earth is the point?
I'm pleased to see that NHSE are going to provide practices with the money to provide 2 sessions of essential staff training such as fire safety so that a member of staff can man the phones and a GP can sit doing nothing in case a hospital needs an answer in that precise hour. Also, I am grateful for my learning moment this morning from Dr Bewick that routine care has to be administered on a specific afternoon or on demand rather than being booked ahead for a mutually convenient time.
Since the headcount of GPs has dropped while the WTE has increased, part time working really doesn't seem to be the issue this year. Unless, as 1.53pm suggests, the WTE has been plucked from beyond.
There's been a drop in staff costs? In which universe?
BMA warns of danger of releasing ‘simplistic’ GP performance data after criticism over cancer referrals
Can anyone give me the figures on how many of the people diagnosed with cancer other than by GP referral actually saw their GP with relevant symptoms? If someone who considered themselves in good health and hasn't been near a surgery for years is diagnosed during a visit to A&E after a fall then what could their GP have done.
Just out of interest, what treatments and therapies will no longer be funded directly by NHS and will only be available from personal health budgets to free up the money needed?
It would be helpful if groups calling for longer opening hours would explain exactly what patient needs are not being met. All I have seen mentioned is that patients want to see their GP at times more convenient to them. I want an Aston Martin; I do not need it.
How does this idea work in relation to patients coming to see the practice's GPs with special interests? A lady coming for HRT, a diabetes review, a cortisone joint injection and a minor op will have seen 4 different GPs at this practice and received the best care we can offer as a result.
Any business that does not charge its customers to cover its rent costs is a business doomed to failure. The only difference with GP is that the cost is itemised.
Lots of comment from Monitor about what patients want - surely in a financially strained NHS any assessment should be based on what patients need?