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GPs refute briefing claims that they are 'referring large numbers to A&E'

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Ok , let’s revisit this statement from our professorial colleague : : ‘When will primary care and dental practices be encouraged to work normally again now that the threat level is at three? We are seeing large numbers of patients referred to the emergency department because their GP or dentist are refusing face to face consultations. How soon will they be getting back to normal?’ What are the logical pitfalls of this statement? (1)I presume that this is the majority of what she said during the daily updates as I did not watch the programme on television. The first part of the question is a fair one . In fact , we would like to ask the same question of when will hospital be encouraged to work normally again now that the threat is at three ? (2) The principles of a proper debate include making subjective comment based on objective evidence . ‘Large numbers of patients referred to emergency department....’ needs an objective number or percentage, to the least , to support this subjective comment. So is for the rest of the sentence ,’ because their GP or dentist are refusing face to face consultations’ . Furthermore, non-face-to-face consultations are the mainstay for our hospital colleagues up to this point unless I have missed some major changes . I would apologise if I am wrong , Professor . (3) ‘How soon will they be getting back to normal ?’ is ,in fact , a melancholic question : what is ‘normal’ now ? The biggest question is how soon will WE be getting back to normal in face of the enemy from nature . I share your frustration and anguish , Professor . Please look after yourself and be safe .

Posted date

24 Jun 2020

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6:51pm

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