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'Corner shop' GPs should expand and employ hospital consultants, says NHS England

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It is not the "corner shop" model that is at fault. The "corner shops" are not appropriately funded for the care that they are now expected to provide. Communication from secondary care to primary care is generally late and often doesn't provide the information that is required. The ability to get patients seen quickly by secondary apart from in an emergency situation is limited. Waiting lists for secondary care services are too long. Out-patient appointments get re-scheduled over and over or at worse cancelled for no good reason. Not uncommonly patients admitted as emergencies do not get sorted out sufficiently and are dumped back into primary care unwell, resulting in re-admissions. Services for chronic conditions are being cut. Our dementia teams and social service support can't cope with the current patients they have on their books, let alone increasing the workload by finding more cases. I fully agree with better integration of services but that could be achieved with the present model if the issues raised above and others were sorted out.

Posted date

03 Oct 2014

Posted time

7:40am

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