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Support services for GPs to be cut as part of cost-saving initiative


The problem with GPs is they don't know how to say 'NO'. Here let's dump this extra work on you - OK thanks when do you want it done by. We wont be paying you any extra, just take it from the payment we gave you last year, as you're doing that work now anyway and so you don't need any more money for it now, as its part of your core work. When did unfunded Chronic disease management which was funded for the extra work involved become core? Virgin who run community services stopped the early commuter clinics they ran for years as it was not written into their contract. They offered to do it for extra funding. Leg ulcer dressings for free, became claims on the minor op enhanced services. Stop doing all the unfunded and extra work, and say NO. Stop seeing all the peple with coughs and colds, and say we no longer provide this service in a cost cutting exercise and redirect them all to NHS direct/111, as they just need home care advise in 99% of cases, and then see the ones who are deemed needing GP input. Though I must admit if 111 do it, we will probably end up seeing most of them anyway! Time for the BMA to actually make a stand and stop the creep of dumping work from hospitals into primary care without the funding to follow. There are not enough doctors, and not enough appointments and not enough hours in day to do more without removing cr*p from out workload.

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19 Mar 2014

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