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GPs need to maintain skills with joint clinics

From Dr M Gokhale, GPwSI in diabetes, Liverpool

There have been many recent changes in the way GPs work, especially after nGMS. Chronic disease management has been entirely delegated to the nurses by many. Since this work generates the QOF points, how long can GPs justify keeping the money?

GPs need to get involved in chronic disease management by doing joint clinics and keep themselves up to date with the latest evidence-base knowledge. It could be integrated into their annual PDPs.

GP have the ultimate responsibility for the care of their registered patients. The future of GPs is uncertain with new changes happening all the time.

It would be wise to remain skilled and actively involved in areas of chronic disease management in the present uncertain times.

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