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Seven-day GP access pioneer hails cut in unnecessary A&E attendance


".. the number of patients who said they attended A&E because they were unable to get a GP appointment had ‘halved’.." Presumably the time of attendance and reason "unable" to get a GP appointment was recorded to allow proper analysis before any conclusions can be drawn. Opening for longer hours (with ultimately fewer GPs as a likely result of this policy) is not necessarily the solution - opening for the same hours with more GPs and hence more appointments might be at least as effective but lacks headline-grabbing appeal. We need a definition for "unnecessary" A&E attendance and to know what proportion were deemed "necessary" GP consultations

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25 Apr 2014

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