Imagine if in our daily work as GPs:
•We no longer receive letters requesting a GP to re-refer a patient who misses an outpatient appointment, with hospitals instead directly liaising with patients to book another appointment
•Results of investigations requested by hospital clinicians are communicated by the hospital directly to the patient, including telephoning them where necessary. Patients would therefore no longer make appointments with GPs, for example, to find out the result of the scan they had two weeks ago in hospital, nor would we receive letters requesting us to chase up results for patients discharged, or in-between clinic appointmentsread more
For most GPs, the greatest constraint to properly caring for our patients is the anachronistic 10-minute consultation, which nine in 10 GPs say cannot meet the needs of patients, both for an ageing population with multiple morbity, and also the transfer of care out of hospital.
A typical older patient with four chronic conditions would previously have occupied four outpatient clinics and taken up nearly one and a half hours, yet we are expected to do the impossible in 10 minutes. The intensity is compounded by GPs seeing far too many patients in a day – European averages are a maximum of 25 patients a day, yet in the UK, GPs can have upwards of 60 patient contacts daily. This short-changes patients and undermines quality and safety.read more
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