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GPs to help elderly patients at risk of loneliness under new pilot scheme

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Let's get this straight. They are not "lonely patients in primary care." They are lonely people living at home. In 1971-3, I was part of our Community Service Group at school and used to visit the lonely and isolated elderly. Not hard to find. Grateful for a friendly face for a couple of hours a week. Nothing to do with my job as a GP, sadly, as I cannot cure a society that warehouses or ignores its elderly population. At a time of 25% vacancy rates, I don't think this initiative is appropriate. Hand if over to the Schools Minister and get them to get on with some proper social cohesion measures.

Posted date

03 Jun 2016

Posted time

11:35am

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