So the challenge is either to modify behaviour or support the workforce to meet the demands of this new activity. In either case the problem is not the shared record itself.
Somewhat sensational article perhaps? It makes sense for the GP to return such correspondence to the original sender who would otherwise not have been aware that it had been sent to the wrong person. Capita may have its issues but this really isn't one of them.
A multiple choice question containing the phrase "always been a pointless and unnecessary examination" has a high probability of being false. This study is referring to symptomatic patients.
NICE recommends referring men if their prostate feels malignant on digital rectal examination. Not all these men have symptoms.
I hope anyone who reads the headline reads the paper itself in order to understand the context more clearly.
I'm struggling with the logic of this. How exactly is an encrypted CD riskier than a pile of printed paper? This seems to be an example of 'information governance' being used as a barrier rather than an enabler.
No no no, you've got it all wrong, just look at what goes on in the construction industry. If you run out of bricks while building a house, simply remove some from the bottom of the wall and add them to the top. Pinch a few windows from the kitchen to complete the en suite aviary. It all makes perfect sense, you'll see.
Difficult to see how anything extra will be achieved given that the following guidance has been available to hospital doctors for the last 7 years:
Unfortunately the 'Can't do' attitude is so ingrained in some healthcaredroids' psyches all we can do is print off the booklet and beat them over the head with it.
And which national daily newspaper carried this story on its front page this morning?
...The Daily Mail.
Oh, the irony.
When are you going to replace your stock photo of Peter Holden? It looks like he's photobombing in an art gallery.
Thinking back to when we used to use paper notes I learnt quickly as a registrar that the (usually a) man coming down the corridor for the first time in 10-20 years with an unusually narrow set of notes usually had a very good reason for attending.
Creating barriers to make it harder for these people to attend could be harmful.
I really struggled to choose the Villain of the Year in your poll recently but can't help thinking that both Jeremy Hunt and Prof Field's antics have achieved more unity in the medical profession than any of our own representatives could have mustered. So congratulations to both of you!
At first I misread the headline as meaning that the manual workers on an hourly wage fulfilling his vision of a 7 day service would be the GPs themselves.
Or did I?
In the light of this article all our patients are to be issued Forensic Microguard 2000 SOCO white suits on arrival to protect them from the fetid grime on our medical equipment.
Will this satisfy the Witchfinder Pursuivant?
And who will be inspecting the Chief Inspector's practice to ensure such brilliant access is being provided?
Training practices face paying part of GP trainee salaries in education funding shakeup from next April
What fiscal 'benefit' is he seeking to exploit? A properly managed registrar is at best cost neutral and the only benefit the practice might expect is an enhanced reputation for good quality care and training. This does not translate into £££s.
Of course the Government will only listen to calls for improvements to pay and conditions once there is clear evidence of failure to recruit and retain GPs.
Surely the same process should be applied when considering increases to MPs' pay?
When I worked for the GP co-op pre 2003 there was very little chance that I would see my own patients.
So how does this ensure continuity?
(1) Consider the cost of living in the South East for example compared with Scotland before drawing conclusions from any pay differential.
(2) Introducing 100% thresholds for QOF indicators is a cynical exercise to claw back any increase in funding on offer. Such thresholds are unattainable and unethical. Any attempt to mitigate losses by increasing exception reporting will result in decreased prevalence and loss in value of the points earned. I would like to be more involved in commissioning but the extra effort required to maintain income will prevent this.
(3) Hands off the MPIG! In 2011-12 61% of practices were still in need of payments. The simple fact is that some areas will always be more expensive to cover than others and eroding the MPIG with politically driven adjustments to the contract will destabilise practices unable to divert or allocate resources to the extra work.