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GP practice paid to divert lonely patients to charities

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"but there just isn't the money in the system to keep funding at previous levels" In other words the funding for general practice will never return to a reasonable level. I think most of us accepted a bit of a squeeze on funding across the NHS and were willing to accept a few years of stagnation. What has happened, however, is that the total funding has dropped so far and so fast alongside massive increases in expectation that it is no longer possible to do what is expected. There either needs to be a drop in expectation to reasonable levels, or funding that makes it possible to do the job. Projects like this May well help workload and give patients more appropriate help and are to be praised ( if they work!) They are not, however, going to solve the problem and comments like manager 9.35 are complacent and damaging. Hand in the air shrugging is not acceptable. There is not enough money in the system to pay for every cancer patient to get every available medication, so they are sadly told it is not funded. We must start saying the same in general practice and cannot continue to be expected to do everything within the limited resources we have. What would you ( manager 9.35) suggest we stop doing?

Posted date

17 Jul 2014

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9:16am

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