GPs must offer same day appointments to their sickest patients or face being named and shamed in league tables, Therese Coffey will say today.But aren't you gambling on their ability to feel any shame?
This will let patients compare their GP’s performance with others nearby and potentially move to one offering a faster service.
That's assuming there's one in the area that's better...
The Royal College of GPs said last night Miss Coffey had failed to consult it on the changes, which it warned would add to doctors’ workload and have a ‘minimal impact’ on patient care.
Oh, boo hoo! You failed to consult your patients before shutting up shop, didn't you?
Miss Coffey will also change funding rules so practices can recruit extra staff, allowing GPs to focus on care and freeing up 1million extra appointments a year. And pharmacies will be empowered to manage more medicines without a prescription, which could free up an additional 2million GP consultations.
Better. But how about cutting that funding for lower performing surgeries instead?