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What clinical services are GPs stopping?

Comments from GPs to the Pulse survey

‘Reduced admin staff by retirements. Non-GMS services like ear syringing have been stopped.’

‘First measure is discontinuing non-fee services.’

‘Only measures are refusing private work e.g. legal letters, benefits appeals with poor chance of success.’

‘We currently look after an in-patient unit at a local community hospital, and are considering withdrawing from this arrangement.’

‘We shrunk practice list by stopping taking on out-of-area patients. We discontinued ear syringing and now refer if necessary.’

’Cut six telephone apps from the day. We were not allowed to reduce the practice area as we wanted.’

‘We will do our best to remain open to patients as long as we can sustain it, but this is getting increasingly difficult due to premises issues and patient demand.’

‘Audiometer broke - have not replaced. No longer offer hearing tests/tympanometry as unfunded.’

‘We are being strict on not taking patients outwith the traditional practice boundaries.’

‘We have stopped doing some unpaid work and are part of a federation. Other unpaid work we would like to stop but are coming up against barriers.’

‘We requested list closure but we’re told no, so requested retracting our boundaries and we’re told no.’

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