Practices set to lose £5k over A&E plans
Practices are set to lose out on £5,000 per year as a result of a primary care trust's plans for GPs to work in A&E departments.
Greenwich PCT in south London has proposed using GPs to treat minor cases that should have presented in primary care as a means of improving access.
But to fund the plan, the trust wants to use all of the £5,000 per practice Investing in Primary Care money from the Department of Health, which was provided to improve access to GPs.
Joint-chair of Greenwich LMC Dr Rob Hughes said he had no problem with GPs developing a specialism in trauma management but the proposed new system would be self-defeating.
'While there is a shortage of doctors, GPs should be in their practices, not A&E,' he said.
'The paradox is GPs become less effective, doing lots of tests and X-rays.'
LMC joint-chair Dr Karim Jan-Mohamed said GPs mimicked the behaviour of hospital doctors and tended to 'over-investigate' when they were put in A&E departments.