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Dr Chaand Nagpaul: 'Without extra GPs this will not work'


It is clear that we need more GP (and nurse) capacity in Primary Care if we are to manage more out of hospital and retain continuity and provide access. They are not mutually exclusive, of course. In terms of GP capacity, this wont happen over night but during the transition over the next 2-5 years we can be training more of the medical students in GP as the need for hospital specialists declines. Future GP can also retain their specialist interest and deliver it in Primary care (whilst remaining generalists). I and others do this already as a GPwSI in cardiology. It really is simple conceptually, more difficult to implement. Some of these anonymous gloom merchants should really wake up, smell the coffee, and then get on with implementing the changes. The RCGP include, who seem to be barking from the sidelines, rather than joining in the show. Besides, those more forward looking younger GPs are seeing the potential for generating new incomes streams. So please all you anonymous - I'm gonna leave the NHS and to hell with it all - contributors, join the 21st Century and be positive. This is the glorious age of Primary Care. Be part of it. Ivan

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02 Oct 2013

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