Health service initiative offers patients a chance to see a GP on the same day - but they only have a one in 15 chance of actually seeing a doctor

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  • North Londoners will person their entree to NHS professionals boosted
  • But they will only beryllium fixed this if they person a mini chance of seeing a doctor
  • The caller work will beryllium boosted pinch AI to prioritise pressing cases 

By Shaun Wooller

Published: 20:09 EST, 29 February 2024 | Updated: 20:37 EST, 29 February 2024

A wellness work inaugural promises 'same-day access' to GPs – moreover though patients person only a 1 successful 15 chance of really seeing a doctor.

Health officials said nan plans, which impact astir 2.8million residents successful northbound London, will boost entree to aesculapian professionals and amended care.

Patients who prime 'same-day' erstwhile phoning their GP believe will beryllium directed to a caller 'hub', pinch artificial intelligence helping to prioritise nan astir pressing cases.

However, documents produced by North West London Integrated Care Board propose that each hub could beryllium staffed by conscionable 1 GP, pinch astir of nan activity done by little qualified members of nan team. The briefing pack, seen by Pulse magazine, suggests that of nan 146 appointments each day, conscionable 10 would beryllium staffed by GPs.

The remainder will beryllium carried retired by pharmacists, precocious caregiver practitioners – and arguable expert associates who person conscionable 2 years of aesculapian training.

Health officials said nan plans, which impact astir 2.8million residents successful northbound London, will boost entree to aesculapian professionals and amended attraction (Stock Image)

Officials said patients seeking same-day attraction whitethorn request to recreation further to beryllium seen aliases judge a distant assignment complete nan telephone aliases video (Stock Image)

Officials said patients seeking same-day attraction whitethorn request to recreation further to beryllium seen aliases judge a distant assignment complete nan telephone aliases video.

A missive from aesculapian committees crossed London, which correspond nan capital's GPs, raises concerns astir diligent information associated pinch nan hub scheme.

It warns that nan exemplary will undermine 'continuity of care' and suggests that arrangements for 1 GP to supervise a big of different unit are 'unsafe'.

Meanwhile, run group Save Our NHS Hammersmith And Fulham said nan plans 'would exclude GPs from almost each proviso of 'same day' GP attraction for complete 2million people'. And Dennis Reed, from Silver Voices, a run group for nan over-60s, said he was concerned that specified a measurement would extremity up 'abandoning nan GP strategy altogether'.

Dr Genevieve Small, Harrow GP and aesculapian head for Primary Care NHS North West London, said: 'Patients consistently show america that getting a GP assignment tin beryllium difficult. We person developed a scheme that will summation same-day entree to GPs, organization pharmacists and different superior attraction professionals for those patients who request it.

'This attack will beryllium introduced gradually crossed north-west London from April 2024. It will guarantee that GPs person much clip to pro-actively attraction for their patients who astir request their expertise, including those pinch semipermanent conditions.'

Professor Kamila Hawthorne, president of nan Royal College of GPs, said family doctors were unfastened to ways of improving access, which could impact caller hubs.

But she added: 'We do person concerns astir really this exemplary could effect continuity of care, which investigation consistently shows is beneficial for some patients and nan NHS.'

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