Access target endangers patient choice

October 2004
Medeconomics;Oct2004, Vol. 25 Issue 10, p13
This article focuses on the alternatives available to patients in England who have to wait for more than six months for operations. But at the other end of the care spectrum, choice of another sort is being eroded. Incentivised under the new contract, the 48-hour access target is being achieved by many practices. So the speedy access revolution has come at the cost of denying patients the choice of appointments at their convenience for non-urgent problems and lifestyle advice— and if they choose, with the doctor they prefer. The 48-hour access target for General practitioners (GPs) is too simplistic for a complicated primary care service and a major rethink is needed.


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