Last week I sent you an email launching our new general practice national survey for GPs in England, with a link to the survey.
If you have not yet completed the survey you can do so hereread more
I attended the Conservative Party conference on behalf of the BMA this week. Health secretary Jeremy Hunt announced plans to increase the number of UK medical students by 1,500 a year from 2018, and to introduce four years of mandatory service following graduation for junior doctorsread more
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