The Secretary of State for Health has today announced changes to the GP contract which will involve four million elderly patients and those with complex conditions being given a named GP.
- offering patients same-day telephone consultations;
- offering paramedics, A&E doctors and care homes a dedicated telephone line so they can advise on treatment;
- coordinating care for elderly patients discharged from A&E;
- regularly reviewing emergency admissions from care homes; and
- monitoring and reporting on the quality of out-of-hours care.
Jeremy Hughes Chief Executive Alzheimer’s Society commented:
‘Anything that enhances the ability for GPs to give their full support to people with dementia is a positive step forward. We look forward to the revised GP contract equipping doctors with the tools and confidence to ensure timely diagnosis and put care plans in place to help people live with dementia.’