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Practices forced to re-open lists in crisis area leading to patient safety concerns


It's important to remember that the practices need to prioritise follow up appointments over urgent care. If you fail to follow up someone's renal failure, abnormal chest xrays, medication monitoring and annual reviews the courts will come for you personally. If you have filled your appointments with the above and advise people with urgent problems to attend A/E as you are on Purple Alert, full to capacity and have had your list closures overridden by NHS England, you are in a defensible position, as your suggestion to attend A/E was quite reasonable. Whether A/E has capacity is not your problem, it is a commissioning one, and should not lead you to end up in court defending your livelihood and freedom.

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26 Oct 2017

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