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Do GPs have a duty to help needy patients get benefits? No


I agree with Dr Swinyard. Ensuring that people receive adequate social support is essential - but it is a task that is better carried by other professionals. As Dr Swinyard states, GPs should know know about the resources and support available locally, and direct patients with queries to a suitable professional. There are examples of practice-based Benefits Advisers and Link Workers that have worked well that could be implemented more widely.

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20 Jan 2014

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