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Should we put more GPs in A&E?


I used to work 2 sessions a week in ED at St Georges in London. I covered SHO and middle grade teaching so saw everything from minors to ressuss. Yes- patients inappropriately attend but we should not be reinforcing that by seeing them within 4 hrs. We should be educating them and diverting them to a more appropriate place. Ive always thought a very senior person, dual trained in ED and GP should be the 2nd line of triage after the nurse. They could either send away, divert to treat or start appropriate investigations. But I think the comments about being in breach of contract for turning patients away in GP are hugely divisive when we have a block contract and endless demand. It shows a significant lack of understanding of the realities of general practice.

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24 Mar 2017

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