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GPs to be protected from secondary care workload dump


Reference Dr Cox 28/7/16 11.36pm. It is surely not the responsibility of the GP to 'chase up test result' requested by secondary care. That responsibility must rest with the professional that requested the investigation. In similar circumstances, I have written to Clinical Directors in secondary care who, in fairness, recognise their responsibilities and have subsequently directed the juniors in their team appropriately. I would suggest that all my colleagues in general practice adopt a similar uniform and consistent stance. Slowly the message will sink in:- ask for an investigation and be prepared to accept the responsibility and accountability for sorting out the result. Perhaps our colleagues in the medical indemnity business might wish to comment?

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