GPs ‘Should be near A&E’

Patients should be able to see a GP at hospital doctors will say today (16/07/14).

They want primary care out-of-hours surgeries next to every A&E to soak up numbers turning up in casualty with minor problems.

Recommendations from groups including the College of Emergency Medicine and the Royal College of Surgeons also call for health and social workers based in hospitals.

Royal College of Physicians president Sir Richard Thompson said the changes were needed “to protect patient safety”.

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