Cost of employing general practitioners in department may outweigh savings

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7017.1438a (Published 25 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1438
  1. Derek P Burke,
  2. Najam Rashid
  1. Senior registrar, accident and emergency medicine Walsall Manor Hospital, Walsall
  2. Senior registrar, accident and emergency medicine Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham

    EDITOR,--Jeremy Dale and colleagues state that important benefits in terms of resource allocation might result if general practitioners were employed in accident and emergency departments to manage patients with “primary care” type problems.1 Although this may be the case at King's College Hospital, where the rate of patients attending with such problems is 41%, in areas of Britain with lower primary care attendance rates the cost of employing …

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