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CCG to cut urgent care centre hours following GP at Hand deficit


31 million to treat 47000 patients makes GP at hand look like it cost £659 a patient a year to run - if you assume the deficit is purely down to the change in service provision. Even the hub and walk in service was expensive but not such poor value. Robbing GP core services of funding - to pay for the worried well in either type of service is management allowing common sense to be sacrificed at the alter of demand. Not a single actually genuinely sick patient will be dealt with successfully by phone - as all you can do for those is signpost to another more appropriate service, where the costs are duplicated. If they were seen there without the original costs - savings would be made. The NHS should be free at the point of need, not free at the point of convenience. If services like GP at hand are allowed - it should be private only at the cost and convenience of those who pay. Core GP services should be returned to the Primary care base - where real patients are physically based, so funding is not jeopardised for the rest of the population.

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14 May 2019

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