This action is totally irresponsible.
Public Health Campaign required to raise awareness and educate the general public of the dangers of inappropriate antibiotic prescribing. GP's are not solely responsible for the management of demanding patients. Wake up Mr. Hunt and smell the roses.
The re-referring of patients is only part of the problem. There is an increasing amount of clinical follow up requests made of the GP by the hospital consultant. I am all for delivery of care closer to the patient however this is all undertaken without additional resource. Accountability is also delegated to the GP practice.
I don't see an opt out from Capita having access to sensitive information.
This man is an imbecile.
Still think this work is a waste of time. There is no alternative when an acutely ill patient requires hospitalisation. The money would be better spent on supporting reablement services in the community.
Practices facing unsustainable pressure as hospitals 'dump' work on GPs, Londonwide LMCs' largest-ever survey finds
More reason to look at a whole systems approach to the delivery of health care ensuring primary or secondary care receive adequate resource and funding to maintain quality and safety in all service provision. The Vale of York CCG of which we are a member is addressing many areas of collaborative working without de-stabilising local hospitals. Any visible outcome is not going to happen overnight.
As a rural North Yorkshire practice, outlying in the number of patients registered aged >65, I have personally invited Mr. Hunt to experience first hand the amount of time the doctors spend supporting the elderly in the community. Needless to say I am still awaiting a response from Mr. Hunt.