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Conservative Policy Forum debate on local health reforms

Should GPs put an annual limit on appointments? The Conservative Policy Forum asks members to consider controversial proposals.

The Conservative Policy Forum has asked members to consider whether GPs should limit the number of appointments each patients can make per year.

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  • I am a disability benefit Pro Bono Advocate, and help people fight the legally flawed decisions made by ATOS during their medical assessments for ESA (Employment Support Allowance) One of the biggest problems we are finding is that DWP assess a clients "disability" on whether they attend the GP often, whether they have medical evidence and if their GP sends back the form they send at the beginning of the claim. Many GPs are facing increased pressure to supply more evidence for patients as DWP DO NOT request the evidence if the client wants to appeal a decision to be found fit for work, the onus is on them to do so, and without it they have very little chance of success. One of my biggest and hardest tasks is getting some kind of medical support to substantiate a clients claim as evidence, as without it it will fail, this involves encouraging the client to attend the GP and discuss their condition, getting referrals etc all need to be done with a GP visit, and asking for some help ie printed notes, Specialists to GP letters etc. When people are already stretched to the limit financially particularly with the new reforms to ESA coming into force October, where appeal rate is NOT available until after at least a month, and the patient will be without ANY funds in most cases to even feed themselves do you honestly think its ethical to charge them for seeing their GP when as a person with disabilities they will NEED to see him more than a person without in most cases. I would say that what you are proposing therefore in light of this, BREACHES the Equality Act as you are not making reasonable adjustments for people with a disability and seem to be discriminating again'st a body of people (the disabled and elderly) who need the services of a GP more than others. I would ensure your legal team check this out very carefully before more money is wasted defending judicial review cases to the High Court. Michelle Cardno (Fightback Pro Bono Law) (We have a group on Facebook where this is also being discussed if you care to see what comments the 2000 people there are giving.)

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