More geriatricians are needed

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6947.128b (Published 09 July 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:128
  1. David Black
  1. Consultant physician Elderly Medical Unit, Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, Kent DA14 6LT.

    EDITOR,—Jackie Morris reminds us of the challenge to primary care of both the increasing numbers of frail elderly people in the community and the complexity of the problems they present.1 The issue of community geriatricians is, unfortunately, also complex. One of the main driving forces behind the interest in community geriatricians has been purchasers frightened by the apparently irresistible rise in emergency admissions to hospital—about 10% last year. They have raised the question whether the appointment of community geriatricians …

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