Avoiding 57 million GP appointments

The MMP Blog

We commonly hear that GPs are under pressure. Well they are – working their cotton socks off! This is not good as many of them complain of stress and dissatisfaction, just at the time when we need them to change the tanker that is the NHS around.

What if I said that I could take 57 million GP consultations out of the system? Would you be interested? Would that at least create a breather to allow GPs to regroup and come out fighting?

Well approximately 57 million GP appointments are for minor conditions every year. Some CCGs have made progress in developing minor ailment schemes such as ‘Pharmacy First’, but often it is half-hearted, poorly supported, poorly run and poorly publicised. For example, in one area I can only find the scheme mentioned on two of the GP websites.

So let’s do it – it makes sense!

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