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Is underfunding of GPs to blame for the current NHS crisis?



By Sean Gordon, Senior Solicitor, Neil Hudgell Solicitors

With a record number of patients using GP surgeries, independent YouGov polls conducted on behalf of The Sun have revealed that a quarter of patients were forced to wait a minimum of seven days to see their doctor, whilst NHS data analysed by the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) found 372 million were unable to get an appointment at all.

As a result, endless numbers are turning to accident and emergency services for treatment, with figures peaking at 300,000 visits per week – the highest on record. The knock on effect is an unprecedented strain on hospital staff and resources, with A&E units across the country now missing the four-hour waiting time target all year round.

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30/07/2014 No Comments

Access all Ages

In my blog of 13th June 2012, “Age Old Excuses”, I highlighted that, as from this month, elderly patients will be able to sue those who provide services, including healthcare, if they are denied the service on the basis of their age alone.

I also commented that this can only be correct.

This view has now been reinforced by the Royal College of Surgeons and Age UK in their report “Access All Ages”.

From the outset it is important to recognise that there may well be valid reasons that an older person does not undergo surgery.  As we age, we inevitably become less fit and our bodies wear out making us less suitable candidates for surgery. 

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16/10/2012 No Comments

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