Question 4 in the document reads "How can we encourage more General Practices to offer advanced treatments usually administered by
hospitals (for example, scans or hernia operations)?"
If this is the level of knowledge and understanding prevalent among the politicians currently shaping the future of the NHS we should not be surprised they suggest limiting the number of appointments/patient/year. It is certainly not more ridiculous than suggesting GPs should perform hernia operations.
PS If anybody ever gets in touch with whomever wrote that document, could they please let them know that a scan is not a treatment?
‘The DH understands it is for each 111 local commissioner to commission arrangements such that a frequent flyer can be triaged by a GP. It is not part of GMS and it is not to be just dumped upon GPs. They have to have a specific arrangement – a LES if you like. That piece of clarity is very useful.’
A DH spokesperson said: ‘.... Our guidance has always stated that if someone calls the service three times during a four day period they should be assessed to determine whether an ambulance is required and if not there has to be local agreements in place to make sure that person can speak to a GP within an hour.’
Are we supposed to take a poll on which one of the statements we consider to be correct?
Thank you! Just what the doctor....er needed on a bleak Thursday morning.