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GPs to oversee all vulnerable patients under emergency admissions DES  


Dear Colleagues I have great respect for colleagues' nervousness regarding duties superimposed on their already-full working day. However, this shows we are missing the point. The majority of modern GPs have taken 10-11 yrs to train, and earn over £100K pa. What should a professional at this level be spending their time on? Typing (how many hours a day do you use up doing this)? Making banal decisions about repeat prescription? Diagnosing viral pharyngitis? Wading through hundreds of normal lab results? Filling in ridiculous forms (eGPRs, DWP, approval of 'homely remedies', 'fit for tandem parachute jump' etc, etc.) No, such highly-trained, highly-paid clinicians should be making high-level clinical decisions, ONLY. We should be part of large teams with appropriate skill-mix. Less highly trained/paid professionals should be doing all the above. A model that we might look to would be the modern solicitors' partnership. Every decision/action is devolved to an appropriately trained/paid team member. I'm sorry, dear colleagues, but what we need is an IMAGINATIVE REVOLUTION in the way we work.

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17 Nov 2013

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