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One GP per PCO 'should take a special interest in elderly'

The Government wants one GP in every primary care organisation to take on a special interest in older people.

Older people's tsar Professor Ian Philp told a recent health select committee meeting on elder abuse too few consultant geriatricians were working in rural areas and caring for people in the community.

Having more GPs with a special interest in older people would fill the gap, he added.

Professor Philp told Pulse he estimated there were fewer than 10 GPs with a special interest in older people.

'We have made slow progress on this one,' he

said.

'In terms of formal numbers you could probably count GPs with a special interest in older people on the fingers of two hands.

'Informally we know the number of GPs doing such work is much higher and once the enhanced services are in I think we would be looking at one GP per primary care trust ­ so around 300.'

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