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


Three years ago when I was mad enough to join my local CCG Board I suggested that A and E departments should be paid for seeing minor injuries at the same rate as GPs were paid and that I did not understand why a review of a sprain was paid at a higher rate in a and e compared to GPs. I immediately got told off for daring to suggest such a thing 2 others GPs on my board then immediately disciplined me and I was told that I could not be trusted to work closely with the local DGH managers as they were "upset" by my remarks. This year our CCG board is making us code all minor injuries to see if we deserve any payment at all for seeing minor injuries. So instead of questioning the payments hospitals receive it's our payments that are in doubt which are tiny compared to the hospitals. This scheme like many others are successful because GPs are able to get things done cheaper and unfortunately many of our CCG colleagues are in cahoots with hospitals managers in order to save money by exploiting GPs goodwill and dumping more and more stuff on our doorstep. This project is yet another example of GPs being used by the system. It's time to say no. I feel really sorry for Manchester GPs. Una Coales we cannot wait for your motion and to be able to say to our CCG "leaders", the public and the government that we have had enough and wish to resign from the NHS.

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28 Apr 2014

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