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Homeless issued with cards saying they are entitled to GP care


While i sympathize.. there is a real question of what is GMS care and what isnt. Remember GPs are funded £75-80/pt per year on average. We work with a set of medical records - which often makes up for the fact that we have poor access to investigations. while i agree no homeless person should be turned away - they should be seen as a Immediately necessary treatment or possibly a temp resident - lets not pretend that the care they get as one of these is as good as a fully resident pt. there are other classes of pt in a similar situation - locally we have issues with a specialist head injury unit - placed in the community with 20 pts who fit 20 times an hour. almost no secondary care support and a team of carers who think we as GPs should provide their care depiste none of us being an epilepsy specialist. similar - palliative beds in a local nursing home. etc. you would imagine - the commissioners of care... would recognize that there was a particular pressure in an area and guess what commission a service that dealt with it. i would suggest if your area has lots of homeless- you have a team look after them - who know what services are available - know their problems, link to SS - dont just dump them on the local GP with a card!

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21 Dec 2016

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