Chaand Nagpaul, chair of the GP committee of the British Medical Association, said government healthcare policies were pushing back into the community many patients who previously would have been in long-term hospital care.
He denied accusations that family doctors were abandoning older patients, saying the decision – taken at an emergency summit over the weekend – was in recognition that such patients had needs that GPs were unable to meet.
Dr Nagpaul told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The problem we have got is that patients in care homes have additional complex needs who would have been in a hospital setting. You wouldn’t expect GPs for example to visit patients in hospital when they have been admitted to hospital.”That sounds awfully familiar. In fact, it sounds like the sort of argument that could be used against the practice of ‘inclusion’ in schools…
“This is a government policy of moving many ill patients, who need to be receiving specialist care, outside of a hospital setting,” he said.
“The idea that GPs suddenly take on this work when in fact such patients do need specialist care ... What we have got at the moment is a contract that really makes no differentiation.”But I suspect if they were to pay you more, all these objections might suddenly disappear!
At their special conference in London on Saturday, dozens of GPs’ representatives spoke about how the workload they faced increased the risks to patients and made their jobs increasingly unbearable.Funny how they never say the same things about government initiatives to record all our personal information, isn’t it?