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Is the workload dump from secondary care subsiding?


Jaimie, you are correct that workload "dump" from secondary care continues. Appointments for sick notes that apparently secondary care said had to be done by the GP or could only do for 2 weeks, requests from super-specialists to refer to another super-specialist within the same specialty, and weeks to months of waits for clinic letters continue. And on top of this are all the appointments along the lines of "my hospital appointment isn't for 5 months and I can't possibly wait till then" - the irony of the effect of this on access to GP appointments doesn't seem immediately apparent to many. This latter type of appointment is a daily occurrence (at least). Many of these issues are down to resourcing. Some are down to ignorance of the correct processes. Overall, the workload in primary care due to work not being done in secondary care but that should be done there appears to be increasing.

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10 Oct 2019

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