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Not sure if the current problem is as black and white as you say Shaba. Some time back it was normal for a person to see the consultant, who then ordered various tests and they were then followed up by the team for consideration of those investigations, diagnosis, treatment and discharge, letters taking 3-4 days to get to the GP. But, guess what, pressure came from Primary Care (PCG, PCT, HA, CCG), to reduce the follow ups (thereby saving money) and people ended up with a half arsed job and sent back to their GP. It got so far as the CCG stipulating what percentage follow ups would be paid for and above that number could not be charged. Woe betide a consultant with a higher FU ratio!! Add to that the recently reported schism in terms of communications between secondary and primary care. The inability of the medical software to talk to each other. And all this malodorous ordure comes gently filtering down the the place of last resort. Primary Care. Thank God I am out of it.

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11 Oct 2019

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