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Why social prescribing needs to be given a chance


I don't want to be encouraging any one to come to see me in the hope of a social prescription. Sure 1/3 of consultations may be for social reasons but that isn't a reason to make this a designated part of the job. We are here to treat medical illness, forever we are being asked to do other stuff buy other people mainly because it's convenient for them and seen as 'cheap'. We aren't here for 'everything' . We aren't social workers, I don't work for the DWP, we aren't the medical arm of travel and life insurance companies, we aren't the attendance inforcement department of the local school or the gun registration enforcer for the police force...but it is highly convenient for such folk to delegate expensive and awkward parts of what they do to us to save them time, money and the bother of doing it them selves. This directly impacts on our ability to do what we are actually here to do...treat medical illness. This is just another example of an attempt to try to expand our role for the convenience of services that should be doing this themselves, but aren't ...probably because they too aren't adequately funded. Wake up..we aren't funded adequately either!

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06 Nov 2016

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