Wouldn't touch it with a barge pole.......as with new guidelines for Dementia diagnosis and the Friends & Family test, the politicians have exercised their egos and created more unnecessary, poorly thought out policy aimed at vote winning.
We operate the patient access triage system very successfully. It has improved access immeasurably for people who need to be seen. However, like building roads, it has created its own demand,
The government has introduced an id checking system - implemented yesterday in all SystmOne sites - through the back door of Connecting for Health. Like record sharing, this has been rolled out without any consultation with people working at the coal face with the consequence that it is flawed. Practices are required to enter how a patients id has been verified when a logon & password is issued - or presumably reissued; there are no protocols about how this is supposed to work. Of course this is contrary to BMA guidelines about id's and it will effectively force practice's to introduce I'd checks on registration.
This is the government's answer to 'protecting' patients from those who want to abuse them further - as outlined above. It's the politics of all power to the people that has gone too far. The balance must come back to those who are trying very hard to help these vulnerable patients.
Well that's generous - this will only fund around one third of our current usage.
Abusive patients who expect to get what they want when they want it is an increasing issue for practices. The government needs to realise that their 'choice' agenda is not compatible with a £25bn cut in NHS funding.