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Why GPs are awaiting a surge in patients in the fallout from Covid-19

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Tri-PCN Alliance, Waltham Forest London, has produced 8-page comprehensive report on Re-establishing General Practice Post-C0vid-19 : 'Without additional resources to GP practices and deferment of PCN DES, primary care service will collapse'. I believe this report is must read for GP leaders, PCN clinical directors, LMCs, CCG Chairs, Commissioners, Senior Managers, CEOs etc. The report highlights post-Covid huge surge in patient demand, a 'psunami' of practice workload, enormous back log and catch up, safety-netting patients, additional referrals / re-referrals, need for longer consultations to deal with accumulated problems, Covid / lockdown related mental health issues, chronic disease management, antigen/ antibody testing and discussing results, impact of Covid-19 outbreak on practice staff, immunisation programme, PPE …. the list is endless. There are short term and long term impacts on general practice and primary care needs to transform the way it has traditionally provided services. The report has a section on financial impact on general practice, requiring about £15 per patient of additional funding to accommodate immediate and short term challenges. Without applying sufficient resources to support PCNs and practices to fully restore all services, which will also require deferment of extraneous work of PCN DES until at least April 2021, there is real possibility that Primary Care destabilise, putting already vulnerable patients at further and unnecessary risk. The Additional Role underspend funding should be allocated to PCNs to support practices financially. If anyone is interested to read the full report, please email me on asheikh2@nhs.net

Posted date

06 Jun 2020

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2:26pm

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