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GPs could provide 24-hour care for the frail and elderly, says RCGP chair

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This is a very dangerous line to take with the government. There will be no new funding for such activity and there aren't enough doctors to take it on anyway. There frail elderly demographic is growing far to fast for them all to be risk stratified and proactively managed all the time, 24h care is just a pipe dream. 'Self management' just means no real care or reduced access. The real solution is to fund out of hours care appropriately and charge for unnecessary A+E attendance. GPs should charge for appointments like dentists do to cover the rapidly rising demand and the government should abandon all this internal market competition rubbish.

Posted date

27 Sep 2013

Posted time

11:14am

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