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How GPs have used the independent model to adapt in the pandemic


P McT et al are correct. This is a honeymoon period that will end once the leaves are falling from the trees. - remote consulting is a medicolegal elephant trap. - huge swathes of the population are hoarding problems that they have not brought forward because they think we are closed, too busy, or our surgeries are riddled with virus. - Autumn’s viruses coupled with a second wave will swamp our services - sussed patients are loving email/phone consults as they receive same day satisfaction. They won’t be easily repelled when the honeymoon is over. - secondary care remains a basket case, there will a flood of angry punters demanding we chase/change unanswered referrals for at least a year. - consulting with PPE, social distancing etc takes far longer than the usual in/out traditional model, slowing us down to a crawl. - CQC are back, QOF has not been suspended next year, and the appraisal holiday will soon end. These time devouring useless chores will be back with a vengeance. - the net result is that by the end of the year we will be wrestling with F2F, phone calls and emails whilst managing a huge backlog of delayed admin, with patients who work through a scroll of accumulated ills, with a no effective secondary care to send them to, whilst CQC kicks you in the nuts for running out of undelivered PPE, and ominous brown envelopes from GMC flop on to your desk regarding the late Mrs Bloggs that you gave antibiotics to over the phone. Enjoy!!

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07 Jul 2020

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