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Almost 40% of GP training places unfilled in some areas of UK

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This is very depressing. From an OOH point of view, we already have problems with rising defence fees, changes in the make up of the workforce and driving down of costs from CCGs I am not usually so pessimistic as I have tended to scoff at previous 'the end is nigh statements' but I think we will look back on the last year as the beginning of the end of GP led primary care. The consequences are immense. I have just got back from a conference of European OOHs organisations and the Danes were telling me that in Copenhagen (as opposed to the rest of the country) they have bypassed GPs in OOHs and have nurse triage with hospital care. No surprise ... rising costs, more admission, overinvestigations and reduced patient satisfaction and a government desperate to back track. Will our leaders ever learn?

Posted date

16 Jun 2014

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3:37pm

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