The current focus on financial crises in hospitals diverts attention from the crisis in general practice, argue Professor Martin Roland from the University of Cambridge and GP Sir Sam Everington in an editorial published in The BMJ today.
Recent changes to UK healthcare policy intended to reduce the number of emergency hospital admissions are unlikely to be effective, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal.
Poor access to GP surgeries could be driving patients to use out-of-hours services and putting an extra burden on the NHS, according to researchers at the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research. In research published today, they say that improving access could lead to an 11% reduction in the use of out-of-hours primary care services.
Phone therapy also increases access and potentially decreases costs.
Patient information reveals women, young people, ethnic minorities and people with less common cancers have the highest number of pre-referral consultations.
Launch of first ever rapid, objectively-scored GP assessment to differentiate between patients with memory loss due to the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s disease and normal memory loss caused by ageing.