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GPs to oversee all vulnerable patients under emergency admissions DES  

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Those that think this is a return to the 'old-fashioned GP' style of medicine are misguided in my view. Back then those GP's were able to do what they could in the community setting knowing full well that in general they had the sympathetic local DGH to refer onto who would accept the patient willingly for further care. The pathway was centred on patient need. The pathway now is based on the Exchequer's need with the 'best pathway' the cheapest. That's where the GP (surprise) comes in. Bottomless 'named' responsibility added in for good measure so the lawyers, accountants, politicians and patients know who to aim fire at. Publish their income as well and you've got a rock and a hard place. Hunt and his cronies will be dancing down the corridors of the DoH at the ease in which they turned the Profession inside out, given all the responsibility and no real power. There's loads more to come by the way. The solution for the Exchequer lies within distant off-shore tax havens, robber barons and bankers, creative accounting and the unaccountable power of multinational corporations to influence politicians. If the Exchequer had his legitimate 'take' from that lot, health and all the other cash-strapped public sector services would experience the renaissance they deserve.

Posted date

15 Nov 2013

Posted time

7:23pm

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