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Of course GPs in A&E won't improve access

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As a profession we have to move away from the us and them syndrome , GP v Consultant and integrate to streamline our approach to patient care especially in acute illness. Why do we need a GP in every A/E department? at a time when the severe shortage of Gp's are forcing GP surgeries to close. ~ Why are patients who do not require A/E attend and secondly why are they not simply turned away at the gate to the appropriate service? Gatekeeper Role My view is as follows: Access to GP services for patients with acute illness at the moment is appalling with patients waiting on average 3-4 days and longer and many patients so frustrated they don't even try to get an appointment. A constant backlog of missed opportunity to hear, see or treat. That is the root of the problem and will not be solved by putting even more GP's in A/E departments. This will further divert GP's to A/E and exacerbate the shortage of the GP workforce in the community, the official gatekeepers of patient care and appropriate hospital referrals for acute illness. Serious acute illness, excluding 999 cases which are clearly defined develops and early diagnosis / management is the key to preventing complications and significant poor outcomes. The sticky plaster approach to our failing NHS will never work and be honest Is not been addressed by the guardians of our services.

Posted date

15 Mar 2017

Posted time

9:06am

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