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Trial admin assistants and paramedics to reduce GP workload, says landmark review

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"recommended practices EMPLOY a wider range of practice staff, including medical assistants to take on administrative work and paramedics to assess urgent home visits" Herein lies the problem....If practices are expected to EMPLOY them, this doesn't address the problems of GP risks if any other healthcare professionals are not able to step up the the skills and expectations required and mistakes are made as a result. Risks GPs are undertaking are one of the many significant reasons why many are shunning this profession. Too much workload, short consultation times, speedy decision making throughout the day with no breaks etc etc In Scotland the new contract negotiations are trying to deal with reducing GP risks. Staff will hopefully be employed by the Health Boards. The plan is for a physican-led primary healthcare team. GPs will ONLY have responsibility for the care they DIRECTLY provide. This is the only hope for me staying as a partner in General Practice north of the border. I am concerned the negotiations in England are not aiming to protect GPs from the additional risks of employing other healthcare professionals.

Posted date

22 Jul 2015

Posted time

6:32pm

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