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Can the Government fail to act on GP waiting times?


Long waiting times is the professions' fault. We have all gone part time, reducing flexibility with surges in demand, and now most GPs micro-specialise, creating multiple appointments when one would have done before. Over last 20 years we moved from treating patients with problems to screening and prevention which seemed a good idea but is not working out. We created a nation of the worried well and the approach caused harm with over-diagnosis which we then have to manage with more appointments. I had 2,700 on my list with 1.25 doctors yet patients never had to wait more than three days in 2007 and emergencies on the day.

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20 Aug 2019

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