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UK News SAJID JAVID: Patients must be able to see their GP the way they want

06:40  14 october  2021
06:40  14 october  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Patients must be able to see their doctor the way they want and now they can. By Sajid Javid for The Daily Mail. Like many Asian parents, my mum always wanted me to be a GP . When I told her I’d been made Health and Social Care Secretary, she said: ‘Well, you didn’t quite make it to GP , but at least you’re working in healthcare!’

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Like many Asian parents, my mum always wanted me to be a GP.

When I told her I’d been made Health and Social Care Secretary, she said: ‘Well, you didn’t quite make it to GP, but at least you’re working in healthcare!’

In truth, she was only half joking. There’s a reason why people such as my mum have such high regard for GPs: their powerful blend of expertise and empathy has made generations of communities happier and healthier.

So I want to say a huge thank you to GPs and their teams across the country for their commitment to patients during the most challenging of times.

I may not have become a GP, but I do want to make it easier for them to do their vital work.

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Javid and GP leaders have clashed in recent weeks over his insistence that family doctors should see many more patients in person because the threat from Covid has eased. GPs are likely to resist any attempt by Javid to seek an end to the 2-metre social distancing rule in surgeries. He told MPs: “It is high time that GPs started operating in the way they did before the pandemic and offering face-to-face appointments to everyone who would like one.” Some family doctors have linked recent comments by Javid , including those, to the rise in abuse, hostility and assaults from patients that some family

Health Secretary Sajid Javid is reportedly due to publish a package of measures aimed at tackling the current GP crisis. According to the Daily Mail, the package will focus on cutting bureaucracy in GP surgeries, giving doctors more time to see patients in person. It will involve scrapping Covid rules and bringing in new guidance, such as ending the two-metre social distancing rule and relaxing "enhanced cleaning" regimes. Professor Martin Marshall, chairman of the Royal College of GPs and representative for doctors, has insisted that GPs are not actively trying to avoid seeing their patients .

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Equally, I am committed to making sure patients can see their GP in the way they choose and have a better experience when they do. The Mail has run an important campaign on this issue.

Working closely with the NHS, we’ve made a plan for GPs and patients to do just that: it will mean more appointments in the ways people want.

While I’m determined to get us closer to pre-pandemic levels of face-to-face appointments, it is, of course, true that online and telephone consultations are more convenient for many people.

There’s no question that telephone and video calls will be a part of the future of general practice. But it cannot be the whole future.

With winter just around the corner, I know GPs are under real pressure: the demand for appointments is high and so is their workload.

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Sajid Javid is preparing powers to seize control of poor-performing hospitals. One in ten people in A senior Whitehall insider told The Times: ' Patients need to see tangible results and waiting times coming down. Health Secretary says he has 'no problem' with online check-ups if people want them . At the fringe event, Mr Javid was questioned by a delegate who said the 'most obvious way to raise

Sajid Javid is preparing powers to seize control of poor-performing hospitals. One in ten people in England are stuck on waiting list for routine operations. Health Secretary is encouraging businesspeople to take hospital positions. At the fringe event, Mr Javid was questioned by a delegate who said the 'most obvious way to raise productivity in the health service system is to move from in-person meetings with your GP ' to phone or online consultations. He asked: 'Do you intend to have more of that in the future?'

So today, I’m announcing a fresh £250 million investment in general practice to boost capacity ahead of the winter, opening up more appointments.

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With this money, we will expect GPs to provide clear plans for how they will improve access and deliver more face-to-face appointments, such as offering appointments on evenings and weekends.

By and large, people understand why it’s been a difficult time for our GPs: Covid pressures, concerns about infection and reduced space in waiting rooms have often made the process of getting an appointment more difficult.

While I understand the frustration, violence and abuse towards GPs and their teams will never be tolerated.

GPs and their teams need to feel safe at work, and the NHS is making £5 million available for practices to improve their security measures as part of our plan.

Another way we’re going to ensure more time is spent with patients is by spreading the workload.

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Mr Javid intervened after patients were at risk of missing the big match as they faced paying up to £10 to use pay-per-view services from their hospital beds. Staff said that some patients would not be able to afford the charge, and would miss out on seeing England's clash with Italy on Sunday evening. But, thanks to Mr Javid , the charge has been waived for the duration of the final, allowing patients to watch not only the big game, but also Wimbledon. Mr Javid told The Sun on Sunday: 'I'm delighted that patients will be able to cheer on the team as they bring it home.' RELATED ARTICLES.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid is considering giving pharmacists more power in their roles, including prescriptions for medicines solely the preserve of doctors. His plan aims to emulate Scotland's 'Pharmacy First' scheme. It aims to spread the workload of GPs by allowing pharmacists to provide treatment for illnesses like sore throats. At the moment, pharmacists are able to issue advice and prescribe medicines, including antibiotics, if needed, but patients displaying unusual or serious symptoms will be referred to their GP or local hospital.

I want every practice to use the NHS Community Pharmacy Consultation service, so our brilliant community pharmacists can do more in terms of prescribing.

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I’m asking my department to work with the NHS and look at a ‘Pharmacy First’ scheme for England, so pharmacists can provide treatment for specific conditions such as sore throats, without patients having to go to their GP – building on pilot schemes in England and much as they already do in Scotland.

We also need to measure GPs against clearer standards. The vast majority of GPs are doing brilliant work, but where GPs are not, we have to fix it: it’s simply not fair for their patients to suffer in silence.

The challenges in general practice are far from over, but I have every confidence we can meet the difficulties ahead by working together to achieve our common goal – delivering for patients.

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