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Six-week follow-up is nonsense

I was shocked by the suggestion that GPs should arrange six-week follow-up assessments with all elderly patients who have been discharged from hospital (‘GPs should review elderly patients six weeks after discharge, says new report').

This is another example of the blinkered thinking that imagines GPs can take on more and more tasks without consequence to their already expanding workload.

It is obvious this would be a perfect role for the community matron, or is the Government thinking of cutting back on these useful members of the team?

From Dr Maureen Lindsay, Leeds