A new recommendation from NICE (the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence) seeks to improve autistic people’s experiences of GP services in England.
Every patient in England will be able to access free to use Wi-Fi in GP practices, under a scheme being rolled out across the country
Of course this 7-Day NHS is unrealistic especially for GPs, as because of reduced funding my own GP practice, although open for 5 weekdays it is in effect only open for 4 days in total, as on Tuesdays and Thursday the practice closes at 12 noon.
There are already insufficient GPs throughout the country and some areas are worse than others.
So, in effect, it is both lack of funding and insufficient trained GPs, while some are taking early retirement due to the pressures they are already experiencing.
Britain’s leading GP says she is “profoundly concerned” about how doctors will cope with demand over the busy winter period. Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the Royal College of GPs Council, said general practice was “skating on thin ice”, warning: “Something has to give”. Some people wait weeks to see a doctor, with potentially serious results, the Staffordshire-based GP said. NHS England said GPs would be getting extra funding to extend services. ‘The big fear’ Dr Stokes-Lampard told the Press Association some patients were already waiting two or three weeks to see GPs for non-urgent matters such as suspect lumps or bleeding problems. But if they wait three to four weeks “the non-urgent stuff may be becoming urgent,” she added. “With lumps or bleeding problems or things that could be signs of serious disease, my profound concern is that people will delay seeking help for things that could potentially be life-threatening or life-changing if they are not tackled swiftly. She went on:
Disabled activists have pledged to continue the fight to halt a scheme that places welfare-to-work advisors from a discredited US outsourcing giant in GP practices. They spoke out after a protest by scores of activists blocked a busy central London roundabout for half an hour on Friday afternoon, bringing traffic to a standstill. The protest at the roundabout at the junction of City Road and Old Street was organised by the Mental Health Resistance Network (MHRN), Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) and the mainstream grassroots protest group Boycott Workfare, and included supportive healthcare professionals. They were protesting about a scheme under which six surgeries in Islington, north London, are taking part in a year-long pilot scheme run and funded by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Islington council. Under the Working Better scheme, job coaches employed by Remploy – now mostly owned by the US company Maximus – are placed in GP surgeries for one day a week.