GPs seek to ease asylum seeker load
GPs in Derby have called for all asylum seekers in the city's practices to be transferred to a dedicated practice that is running at only a third of capacity.
The Fountain Primary Care Service practice was set up to handle asylum seekers dispers-ed to the city but has only 300 patients. The National Asylum Support Service has also suspended dispersal to Derby.
Derbyshire LMC called on primary care trusts to use the spare capacity to take the pressure off the city's other GPs.
'Our view is if there is to be no new asylum seekers in Derby we need to look at the resources we've got,' said LMC secretary Dr John Grenville.
Central Derby PCT said patients should be given a choice to switch.