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Workload dump prevention causes loads of work

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I’m stunned. Cheshire and Merseyside ICS has produced a consensus document to tackle ‘inappropriate transfer of work’.

So say goodbye to workload dump involving blood test requests, result interpretation/action, fit notes, onward referral and outpatient prescriptions.

And say hello, presumably, to hosdocs and GPs running hand-in-hand through soft-focus fields of corn and having primary/secondary care hybrid babies.

Amazing.

Hang on, though. Aren’t specialists supposed to be doing all this stuff already? And might there be a catch? Why, yes and definitely! Because the quid pro quo is that GP letters will need to meet certain quality/clarity standards. And referrals will need to box-tick a mandated level of pre-referral assessment and investigation. And chronic disease will need to hit optimal targets before surgical referral. Etc.

So that carrot starts to look a bit like a stick. Oh, and apparently the rules are bendable ‘according to circumstances’, those circumstances presumably meaning that specialists can forget their half of the bargain because they’re, well, special. So that stick starts to look a bit like a taser. No wonder I’m stunned.

Dr Tony Copperfield is a GP in Essex. Read more of Copperfield’s blogs here

READERS' COMMENTS [2]

Patrufini Duffy 18 July, 2022 2:12 pm

They said they’ve commissioned some University on this bureaucracy malarkey. When there were two kind of GPs on the panel questioned – they don’t even know who makes a decision:

https://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/06bab4e7-c980-45ae-8ca5-d37e3847488a

@ 11:18 (50sec)

Chris GP 22 July, 2022 10:18 am

Nothing is going to change. I have just been trying to deal with a respiratory team that want me to refer the patient they have been seeing with cough….to a respiratory team. They have a Teflon coating however. I am beyond caring – happy to bring to patient and write the letter that will go along the lines of – “you have asked the patient to ask me to ask you to see them. many thanks. Easy appointment for me that just erodes my finite capacity further.