Hull CCG supports GP surgery merger plan

Published: Thursday 28th January 2016 by KCFM

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The Hull Clinical Commissioning Group is urging GPs to work together on a larger scale to tackle the rising demand for services.

Its leaders hope access to good healthcare will improve for residents and more doctors will stay in the profession if GP surgeries are merged.

Dr Dan Roper, a Hull GP with 30 years’ experience, says doctors are under significant pressure.

He said: “The number of consultations has gone up; increasing number of patients, increasing complexity of what we’re expected to provide. The working day is extended now as far as it possibly can be and some GPs work from home, so there’s no end to the working day.”

Dr Roper is concerned that healthcare services will get worse if action is not taken and wants changes to be implemented sooner rather than later.

He added: “The reality is we are not going to have as many traditional primary care doctors moving forward into the future as we’ve had. So we have to use that resource much more carefully and on a much more targeted basis.

“Our worry is that if we don’t do something there would be a decrease in access to services purely because there will not be as many people to provide the service. So it’s a prevention of things getting worse as much as things improving.”

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Published: Thursday 28th January 2016 by KCFM

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