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Hospitals being unable to see GP records is ‘downright dangerous’, says health secretary


I work as a GP in England and Wales each week, and for 2 separate OOH providers each month. I waste what I would estimate to be about 1/3 of ALL f2f time trying to clarify information about recent and past healthcare events for each patient. What is available on the "spine" is almost useless, I find and on mobile shifts there is no smart card reader provided anyway. In hours, the communication with secondary care is almost nil (consultant answerphones permanently switched on , and never after 5pm = GP evening surgery time). Yes the new Minister will not solve everything with just an IT revolution but in the real world we are not going to see any extra GPs for at least a decade.. It feels like we have a moral obligation to help stop wasting GP appointments with things like " I had my scan 2w ago (and although the consultant booked it anyway.....let's not bother with that line again today) and I have come to discuss the results with you" .....pause, patient looks crestfallen and then "as I'm here we could talk about that crinkly bit on my little toenail that is going to engulf my family" ( according to the TV advert...) And then mission creep rolls on to another avoidable sequence of poorly used GP appointments. When GP IT systems started in the 90s, we went through a serious "interoperability" process to make sure we could do stuff like QOF in 2004. Please Mr Minister don't wreck the worlds biggest consistent and validated healthcare database and don't alienate those of us who gave our spare time to support things like primis. I have tried to send this to the doh but I could not find a way to contribute yet via their website. Hmmm!

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07 Sep 2018

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