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GPs to oversee all vulnerable patients under emergency admissions DES  

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This will change nothing. It is simply a mechanism to identify who to blame if things don't go right...i.e the GP. It's completely driven by the needs of A&E under the erroneous belief that the elderly end up there for want of a single GP visit or phone call...'if only they could have seen a GP they would have been fine'. ..this is complete rubbish. The elderly end up in hospital often through a combination of multiple minor health issues and the lack of an ability to cope with this at home. This requires major attention to how we organise social care in our society..which isn't being addressed. Fast track telephone treatment for suspected UTIs is not a solution....a three day course of trimethoprim is not a social care package. We are medicalising what is actually a social care issue..which is the responsibility of society as a whole - not the GP. Making GPs personally responsible for something that belongs to society as a whole is dishonest and will cause us no end of bother...although it suits everyone else as it conveniently enables them to avoid responsibility themselves.

Posted date

15 Nov 2013

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11:25pm

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