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GPs hit back at bed blocking claims

GPs have angrily rejected PCT accusations that they 'don't care' about bed blocking at a local hospital.

Janet Looker, chair of

Selby and York PCT and a councillor for the City of York, told a recent meeting of trusts, hospitals and councillors that GPs used admissions to York Hospital as the 'easiest route' to get care for acute patients.

Dr Patrick McGrann, chair of North Yorkshire LMC, said he resented Ms Looker's insinuation that GPs were causing bed blocking.

Dr McGrann, a GP in Selby, said GPs only admitted patients when all other routes of care, such as intermediate care or social services, had been explored.

He said there was also a lack of residential care homes in the area.

'No one knows more than a GP, as a gatekeeper of the NHS, the complexities around the pathways of our local health and social services,' he said.

'Comments like this do not do any good at all when morale is bad. It doesn't help one jot. We just want to do our job without being criticised,' Dr McGrann added.

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