GPs told to see more patients as pressure increases on A&E

GPs in England are being told to see more patients face-to-face as long waits in A&E rise to their worst level since records began.

Government ministers have set up a £250m emergency fund so GP surgeries can take on more temporary staff during the coming winter months.

[It will be interesting to see where the extra staff come from given that all clinicians seem to be working at their maximum capacity already and there seem to be fewer clinicians to help out where needed.]

The £250m funding for GPs is part of the extra £5bn Covid fund announced last month to help the NHS through to the end of the year. This comes on top of the £12bn set aside for GP services this year.

This is in response to growing criticism to the current structure of the fall in face-to-face appointments due to the Covid-19 risk to GPs.

Growing pressures on A&E has been correlated to the reduction of GP face-to-face appointments.

In September a quarter of patients who came to A&E waited longer than four hours for treatment.

That is the worst performance since 2004, when the four-hour target was brought in to A&E hospitals.


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