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PM's seven-day access pilots to be extended as NHS England claims 15% reduction in A&E attendance

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When our practice adopted telephone triage for same day access 2.5 years ago, the resulting drop in A/E attendance was dramatic and far greater than any of these massaged figures. But does that mean we extend this model and continue telephone triage all night and at weekends? That would be ridiculous. Dear Ivan - the so called taxes the GBP are paying doesn't even cover their in hours care, let alone extended hours. Why do you think capitalist health care systems do not adopt the 12/7 working pattern? Because it is not cost effective to do so. The tax payer (and let's face it, there are not many of us left) are paying for the indulgence of some people to visit their doctor on a Sunday because little Violet has extra-curricular activities every day after school. Continuity of care is the key to effective long term condition management and elderly care. You are not going to get that with a bunch of shift workers clocking on and off like a locum.

Posted date

18 Feb 2015

Posted time

3:31pm

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