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maandag 8 januari 2018

RCGP: GP data shows increased flu presentations across England

GP data shows increased flu presentations across England

"The entire NHS is currently facing intense winter pressures and NHS staff in all areas of the service are working incredibly hard to deliver the best care possible for their patients.

"GP practices across the country have been working hard to put measures in place to cope with the anticipated increase in influenza, as well as other conditions, such as respiratory conditions and norovirus, this winter. These have included running additional surgeries, including in the evenings and at weekends, to release capacity to deliver more urgent care for patients.

"Although we are reaching peak flu season, we want to reassure patients that the influenza vaccine remains the best protection against flu this winter period. It is not too late for patients to receive their vaccination, and we would encourage patients, particularly those in an at-risk group, such as those with long-term conditions and pregnant women, to have a flu jab from their GP practice or pharmacist.

"For patients who fall ill with minor conditions this winter, we would repeat our '3 before GP' calls for them to consider whether self-care, searching for information on NHS Choices, or seeking advice from a pharmacist, are appropriate options before making a GP appointment. This would help to free up GPs' time to see patients who are seriously ill at this incredibly busy time of the year."

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RCGP Wales welcomes Welsh Government's measures to ease winter pressures

The Welsh Government has announced that the quality and outcomes framework (QOF) will be relaxed until the end of March 2018. QOF was also suspended in January 2017 as a response to winter pressures.

The Welsh Government has also announced that an additional £10million will be given to health and social care services, supporting health boards, the ambulance service and social care services.

Dr Rebecca Payne, Chair of RCGP Wales, said:

"We welcome the relaxation of the quality and outcomes framework (QOF), which will mean GPs spend more time treating patients and less time ticking boxes. Everyone is aware of the challenges the winter months bring. In the last two years QOF has suspended in January and in the future we hope this measure can take place earlier, as soon as winter pressures start to hit.

"At the start of last month RCGP Wales raised concerns that not enough GPs were being included in winter pressure planning and this needs to change.

"The extra funding is of course welcome. We hope the money is not swallowed up in wider budgets; we urge health boards to allocate specific funding to support general practice and out of hours services which are under enormous strain. A thriving primary care sector will deliver care in people's communities and keep patients out of hospitals, to the benefit of the entire Welsh NHS."

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RCGP Wales welcomes Welsh Government's winter pressure

The Welsh Government has announced that the quality and outcomes framework (QOF) will be relaxed until the end of March 2018. QOF was also suspended in January 2017 as a response to winter pressures.

The Welsh Government has also announced that an additional £10million will be given to health and social care services, supporting health boards, the ambulance service and social care services.

Dr Rebecca Payne, Chair of RCGP Wales, said:

"We welcome the relaxation of the quality and outcomes framework (QOF), which will mean GPs spend more time treating patients and less time ticking boxes. Everyone is aware of the challenges the winter months bring. In the last two years QOF has suspended in January and in the future we hope this measure can take place earlier, as soon as winter pressures start to hit.

"At the start of last month RCGP Wales raised concerns that not enough GPs were being included in winter pressure planning and this needs to change.

"The extra funding is of course welcome. We hope the money is not swallowed up in wider budgets; we urge health boards to allocate specific funding to support general practice and out of hours services which are under enormous strain. A thriving primary care sector will deliver care in people's communities and keep patients out of hospitals, to the benefit of the entire Welsh NHS."

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