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48-hour target will turn us into 'spin doctors'

I read with interest the article on advanced access (September 29). I believe the 48-hour target to have been introduced purely for political gain, without thought to the practicalities of running a safe and efficient service for patients.

The implementation of advance access by many practices by allowing only same-day appointments is not only inconvenient for many patients but also destroys any continuity of care. It is therefore potentially detrimental to the care of patients and the morale of doctors.

The financial incentives are minuscule and I believe practices should not take part in the scheme unless sufficient resources are provided in terms of staff and financial incentives to allow 48-hour access to be genuinely implemented.

Let us remain real doctors and not allow the Government to turn us into spin doctors.

Dr JE Oliver


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