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A&E should 'repatriate' non-emergency patients back to GPs

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I think the idea of a never full practice is reasonable however it assumes the aim of walk in clinics was about improving care. It never was, it was an ill thought out way of diverting funds to vested interests who needed sweeteners to enter the health care market. Logic would suggest funding capacity in primary care so there is enough access would be the simplest and cheapest method of dealing with this. However considering the degree of cutbacks primary care is undergoing I suspect access will fall as even the least business minded practice realizes they may not survive. And when these practices start providing appointments which correlate with funding we will see serious decline in access. What is truly surprising is how many practices are taking a financial hit in the hope and expectation of the cavalry coming over the hill and saving them and acting rationally. Its not going to happen.

Posted date

06 Mar 2014

Posted time

8:47pm

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