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Is it time for a new kind of hospital physician?

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 04 April 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2240

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Re: Is it time for a new kind of hospital physician?

The British Geriatrics Society (BGS) represents the largest of the physician specialties in the UK. We are working closely with colleagues in the RCP London in their enquiry into the shape of the future hospital. No one group of doctors is likely to be the complete answer to the many complex patients that pass through the doors of our acute hospitals in increasing numbers each year. However, we do agree with Temple et al that further deployment of geriatricians and geriatric training in other multidisciplinary teams has an evidence base that indicates that this would provide a likely benefit, improving continuity of care and clinical outcomes to those older people that make up the majority of these complex admissions. It will be important that geriatric medicine and acute medicine specialists work closely together to define appropriate new systems in the coming years.

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16 April 2012
President Elect
British Geriatrics Society
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