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Should the NHS go back to the traditional family doctor?

PUBLISHED: 16:44 07 February 2014 | UPDATED: 16:44 07 February 2014

Would a more personalised model of healthcare prove beneficial to patients?

Would a more personalised model of healthcare prove beneficial to patients?

Do you know who your GP is? I think I know who my doctor is, but I’m not sure that I’ve ever seen them.

The NHS has changed a lot since the days of the family doctor who would be on call at all hours of the day.

We now have NHS walk-in centres, a 111 non-emergency phoneline, and A&E departments are increasingly being used by patients with minor illnesses.

But is it time we went back to the traditional family doctor model to deliver a more personal level of care?

This week the EDP reported that the Norfolk 111 service, which is run by the East of England Ambulance Service, is running about £2m a year over budget.

Commissioners say that the non-emergency health line and out-of-hours service, which launched in December 2012, is performing well and hitting targets.

However, news that the service is struggling to operate within its budget is a worry, given that NHS Direct had to pull out of a number of 111 contracts last year because of financial problems.

My family’s experiences of NHS 111 have been mixed in recent months. I could not fault the service last year when I called about my ill son and got an appointment at the community hospital in Norwich within an hour.

However, my grandmother, who lives near Norwich, had to wait all day for an out-of-hours GP to come to her aid on Saturday.

I’m glad that I’ve never had to see my GP because of good health. No one expects a GP to work 24 hours a day, but it would be good to know that when I need to see a doctor that they know a bit about my background and medical history. It is good to see that health chiefs are moving back towards a more personalised model of healthcare and from April all patients aged 75 and over will have a named GP to coordinate their care.

The government pledged a lot of money last year to acute hospitals and accident and emergency departments to help meet winter pressures.

However, the extra investment could be better spent in primary care and extending GP surgery hours to ease pressure on A&Es and reduce unplanned admissions.


  • If you want your personal private information kept private from companies, wether you pay or are an NHS patient, then you have to opt out of the Governments three computer lists about to be created in March. If you don't your private medical records, your illnesses and whatever you have shared with your GP and a hospital at most, will become public knowledge to whoever wants to know. It is up to you to opt out, but be rest assured 83% of GP's will do so.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • GPs are vastly overpaid and have an overinflated opinion of themselves , if you go to the surgery the GP will refer you to a specialist if it is a serious condition and anything less important they refer you to a practice nurse as it would be beneath them to do the treatment themselves . Salaries of over £100.000 is to much

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    Saturday, February 8, 2014

  • blister you talk such rubbish, Dr's overpaid? If there is a specialist for your diagnosis then they have a better chance of helping you, general practitioners (GP's) are just that, Nurse Practioners are not someone you see because the Dr thinks your ailment is beneath them, without these there would be fewer Dr appointments available. If you think Dr's are overpaid then why don't you get yourself to your local garage for your MOT, I'm sure the mechanics will be able to. Diagnose your ailment.

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    Sunday, February 9, 2014

  • If you want to see a specific GP then pay the price and go privately. If you want the NHS to continue as a FREE service, be grateful that you get to see a GP and not pay. Should it go back to the "good old days" when your GP was at your beck and call? No! There are unfortunately too many people that take advantage of the NHS and the free service they offer. If they sneeze or cough they want to see a GP, which just isn't possible. Go back to the "good old days" of people only seeing a GP if they are GENUINELY ill and then you may see the return of your own GP

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    Friday, February 7, 2014

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