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

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Unlike Dr Bennett I do not believe many GP's are ideologically opposed to the concept of better access. Indeed I congratulate my colleagues who continue to soldier on providing OOH care. I do believe that those of us who work full time at the coal face are all too aware of the constraints of limited resources and the 'tough choices' in allocation of them. The short term money provided to set up these pilot schemes is surely a poisoned chalice the contents of which have foolishly been supped. Next year the poison will take effect after the contract negotiations. Those few remaining GP's who remain will be expected to provide 7 day access without new money ie for free. At least there was one hint in the article that the Government may have some awareness of the recruitment crisis -will that alter their negotiating tactics? I won't hold my breath.

Posted date

25 Apr 2014

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2:47pm

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