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Conservatives asked to consider an annual limit on GP appointments per patient


Do we really think that the politicians believe this is the way forward? Of course not but it will provoke debate! The truth of the matter is that there is great variation among what is provided from GPs when it comes to Patient Number Ratios to available GPs. Within my nearby area numbers vary between surgeries from under 200 Patients per GP sessions to over 250 per session. It all depends on the service you are providing and how you manage patients and their expectations. Not to mention local needs. One size does not fit all but there needs to be some baseline standard. All these things affect income but you will not get much sympathy from the public if you are earning £100k plus when Super Ann etc is taken into account. DNAs are a big problem as is the entitlement culture for things such as over the counter meds! It is fine everyone complaining at some of the suggested solutions but this will take time to solve. Patients have been educated to get what they want in the last 15 years. In actual fact they expect champagne when they only want to pay for lemonade!

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15 Dec 2013

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