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GPs call for an end to home visits, saying they do not have time

Family doctors are calling for an end to home visits - saying they are too busy to visit the frail and elderly.

The radical proposal, to be put forward at a conference of the British Medical Association, would see the duties removed from the standard contract for GPs. Medics said house calls were too “time consuming” for family doctors, who were overloaded. 

But patients’ groups said the threat to withdraw such services from GPs was “appalling” and would put the vulnerable at risk. 

Doctors will vote later this month on a proposal to remove home visits from the core GP contract, requiring a separate service to be created for those in need of urgent visits. 

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Source: The Telegraph, 11 November 2019


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