Monthly Archives: January 2016

How many emergency admissions can primary care policies actually prevent? Answer: Not many.

Emergency admissions, as well as the obvious effect on the patient, family and carers, cost a lot. In 2012, they cost the NHS over £12.5 billion, so understandably there is a desire to contain these costs as they may be better spent elsewhere. A good number of these admissions will be unavoidable and the NHS …read more

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Could reducing over-prescribing cause harm?

The lead headline in many media outlets yesterday was how GPs and the 111 system had failed in the sad case of a 1-year old, William, who died of an undiagnosed infection. I was interested to be contacted by a journalist from one paper, who asked me if I had any views on one particular …read more

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Choose and Book should be scrapped and outpatients could be reduced by 50%

There’s nothing like a good bold assertion to start a debate. Martin Roland, our CCHSR co-director, and  Sam Everington, general all-star GP, have made some rather dramatic suggestions and claims in the HSJ this week. They think that the present referral system is an archaic hangover from 1948 which services the needs of neither GPs, …read more

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