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GPs in deprived areas 'appear less empathetic'

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Empathy lacking - absolutely not. It's the other way round because a GP without empathy would rather move to a rich area. Funding lower than other areas - an absolute yes. And not just a £10 shortfall but £46 as in the case of a Practice in Strood, Rochester which is paid £90 per patient including premises reimbursements. The problem lies in interpretation of what is a deprived area and what is a rural area. We have a Surgery in a posh locality with more than 10000 patients classified as 'rural' and given above average payments while a deprived Practice is classified as not so deprived and given almost 30-40% less per patient. One so called rural with almost 10k patients is padi £165/patient while another in Walderslade is paid rent reimbursement of £189000 per year. Transparency in the system and removal of the formula is what we need. A review of Practices classified as rural will show that some of these have CCG bosses sitting as partners. Correct me if I am wrong.

Posted date

09 Mar 2016

Posted time

9:17am

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