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Hunt’s plan for ‘named clinicians’ is barmy

The health secretary’s proposal for named clinicians shows he has no idea how the system works, says Dr Carlos Knorr

The health secretary’s proposal for named clinicians shows he has no idea how the system works already (Hunt: GPs to be held accountable for care round the clock as ‘‘named clinicians”).

GPs are responsible for all their patients in the community, and out-of-hours incidents are reported to them in the morning so they can act on them if indicated. I fail to understand how his proposals are any different from what we do now. 

In what scenario would an out-of-hours doctor who believes a patient needs to be admitted take the advice of a drowsy GP at home, who has not seen the patient, telling him or her not to bother? The idea is barmy; one would admit anyway. But what do you expect when you get a minister that not so long ago had another portfolio and now pretends to lead the NHS, about which he is clueless?

Dr Carlos Knorr, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex

Readers' comments (6)

  • Actually, can you hold the Govt and Mr Hunt responsible for inadequate funding and staffing?

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  • More GPs than ever before are part time /salaried so availability of any 1 named GP would be unpredictable yuThe powers that be destroyed the personal GP and practice focused primary care teams in favour of population based medicine Now the inevitable result is chaotic increasing hospital emergency visits and the stretched resources of social/ community care increases this. The elderly are not the only ones let down by the system but as they generate a huge cost they are receiving attention I fear it is finance not holistic care driving any change

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  • what time and resources are going to be made available to 'identify' those patients that are 'elderly and vunerable' in order to name a GP against them, if a GP is not on call per se who says that they will answer their phone, what happens when they are on holiday etc. Absolutely ridiculous suggestion it just simply couldn't be implemented

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  • what time and resources are going to be made available to 'identify' those patients that are 'elderly and vunerable' in order to name a GP against them, if a GP is not on call per se who says that they will answer their phone, what happens when they are on holiday etc. Absolutely ridiculous suggestion it just simply couldn't be implemented

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  • I don't have a mobile. ;-)

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  • Oh for goodness sake GP;s are already responsible for their patients aren't they ? or so I thought ! Please stop tearing the NHS up, leave local ooh's alone, use Community Matrons, specialist community nurses, and local district nurses. Invest more funding into Community services if you really want care closer to home, and prevent hospital admissions. No longer can secondary care have such a huge proportion of funding. STOP GP and NHS bashing and let the clinicians get on with caring and treating their patients Doctors and nurses need support and funding not blaming to deliver high quality effective care !

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