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Public struggling to book GP appointments

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Kadiyali Srivatsa | 19-Mar-2011 10:16 am are gps shirking their duties? service needs to meet demands and not the other way round. it is like those who say that a large proportion of patients who consult a and e are wasting the time of the service but if they have concerns and no other service to go to what are the supposed to do? it is the fault of the system and not of the patients who are made to feel that they are wasting time. this also prevents many who should see a doctor from not doing so or when they should have done sooner for fear of being labelled. it also results in serious cases being sent home without adequate examination or treatment - a colleague of mine died on our ward shortly after her admission having been sent home from a and e less than 24 hours earlier (and there are other similar cases reported in the media), leaving behind a new baby and a toddler and a heartbroken family and speechless colleagues. if in doubt it is better to consult a doctor too often than too little, and most good doctors and nurses will uphold this. something quite minor may be extremely serious and life-threatening and vice versa but it is always better to be safe than sorry and patients are not always in a position to make this judgement without professional advice, support and investigation.

Posted date

19 March, 2011

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11:45 am

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