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Patients needing urgent GP care could be seen at neighbouring practices under CCG plans

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1764 (Published 06 April 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j1764
  1. Ingrid Torjesen,
  2. Gareth Iacobucci

Patients requesting an urgent GP appointment at their registered practice could be sent to see a doctor or other health professional at a neighbouring practice, under proposals being considered in Oxfordshire.

In an effort to manage growing demand for same day urgent appointments and difficulties recruiting staff to general practice, Oxfordshire clinical commissioning group (CCG) has drafted a five year strategy for primary care which recommends that more care is provided across localities.

The Primary Care Framework document1 emphasises that patients will not have an automatic right to same day appointments or home visits. Anyone requesting one will be triaged …

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