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Hunt misses point when blaming GPs for pressure on A&Es

I was speaking to a GP client this morning, discussing the current state of general practice and the depressingly familiar view of the future when an email message popped up on my screen: 'Hunt wrong to scapegoat GPs for pressure on A&E'.

I had a look at the speech made by health secretary Jeremy Hunt and the problem with it is he starts from a false perspective. In my almost daily visits to different GP surgeries the common discussion is how to manage increasing demand from patients with reduced resources.

A less caring organisation might just shrug its shoulders and say it does all it can – but GPs in general are finding themselves working harder and spending more on providing these resources.

So when Mr Hunt says the ‘challenge is to rethink the role of primary care, in particular its ability to prevent the need for emergency admission’ he is missing the point. He has an intelligent, dedicated GP workforce which is trying to achieve that already.

If he thinks he can arrange this better than the GPs, what is he thinking motivates the GPs to not achieve that? Or is he suffering from a politician’s disease of hubris in thinking he knows better?

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