Everyday work

Yesterday morning, Friday, I visited two patients at home. Both were housebound. They lived within 2 minutes walk of each other. Seven minutes brisk walking from the practice. Two birds with one stone…

In the afternoon, a carer came to the practice to thank me for my involvement with a patient with dementia over the past few years who has died. This person lived 90 seconds’ walk from the practice. This made it possible to visit frequently, and to support the patient, carers, family.

The proponents of the abolishing GP practice boundaries ignore this issue of proximity to the practice. For them geography does not matter. Morons, I say. Andy Burnham, Andrew Lansley, the Department of Health, NHS England, The King’s Fund, The Patients Association, and all the journalists who repeat their spin.


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