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