Government's 'GPs in A&E' plan will backfire, says leading doctor

Leading doctor rubbishes Government plan to reduce A&E waiting times by installing GPs in departments

Leading doctor rubbishes Government plan to reduce A&E waiting times by installing GPs in departments

Friday, March 10, 2017

A leading GP has rubbished the Government's plan to reduce emergency waiting times in the NHS by installing GPs in Accident and Emergency departments.

This follows new figures from NHS England showing nearly 1,000 people had to wait over 12 hours to be admitted to A&E in January, and the number of people seen within four years was well beneath the Government's target.

In the Budget, Chancellor Phillip Hammond pledged £100 million to fund a GP section in A&E departments, which it is hoped will quicken the triage process.

But Dr Laurence Buckman told Julia Hartley-Brewer this made no sense - and will actually backfire.

He said: "A lot of people go to A&E who don’t need to be there.

"That’s the reason for the Government’s particularly silly response to put a GP in A&E.

"You only have to think about that for a minute to realise if you take GPs away from surgeries and pop them in A&E, more people will go to A&E."

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