Support for GPs' routine post-op check is flawed
From Dr Tim Atkinson,
Littlehampton, West Sussex
Professor Martin Roland's
logic supporting proposals
that GPs perform routine
post-op checks is somewhat flawed (Opinion, 1 March).
He argues there will be
no increase in workload because: a) the patients are coming to see us anyway for certificates and b) because they come to see us to have their stitches out.
Well, first, patients should not be coming to see us for certificates.
Sickness certification is
the responsibility of the surgical team and should be integrated into the discharge process.
This advice was reiterated
by the Cabinet Office six years ago.
Second, it is practice nurses who remove stitches, not GPs, and we GPs rarely see the patient who attends for removal of sutures.
Roland works part-time
as a GP.
It must be very part-time.