Poor standards of GP provision for vulnerable patients in community
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I was disappointed to read this article describing poor standards of GP practice to residents of care homes.
The article describes the story of a gentleman suffering from pneumonia in his care home whose GP refused to visit him at home but rather, preferred to prescribe over the telephone.
Both the English Community Care Association and the Care Quality Commission indicated that this is not necessarily an isolated incident and that standards of GP provision and access to enhanced community services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy for care home residents can differ and the British Medical Association agreed that the standard of services can vary.
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