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dinsdag 2 oktober 2018

RCGP: Role of social media in perpetuating loneliness is 'unsurprising', says RCGP

Role of social media in perpetuating loneliness is 'unsurprising', says RCGP

She said: "Loneliness is often seen as something that affects elderly people, but actually it can affect anyone and any point in their lives, as this study has shown.

"Online friends and communities can be a source of support for some people, but often these links are more superficial than genuine 'offline' friendship where more meaningful connections occur, so it is unsurprising to hear that these don't always make people feel less lonely.

"The College has been vocal in highlighting the impact that loneliness and social isolation can have on patients' long-term health and wellbeing. We have produced action plans in all four nations of the UK, including a call for every GP practice to have access to a funded and dedicated social prescriber to signpost patients to services in the community for problems that are impacting on their health but are not necessarily medical.

"Social media can also perpetuate unrealistic expectations for people to live up to and this can certainly have an impact on people's mental health and wellbeing. To this end, we welcome the Health Secretary's recent call for guidelines to be developed for social media use for children and young people."

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Step change needed in how the NHS spends its money, says RCGP Wales
After the outline draft budget, the coming weeks will see budget proposals for each portfolio.

Dr Peter Saul, RCGP Wales Joint Chair, said:

"Wales needs to think about the way it cares for its people in the long-term. More of the same won't achieve the best outcomes. We have an ageing population, and more people with multiple, chronic, long-term conditions. To manage that effectively, patients need to be able to access more care in their communities, not being in a situation where issues escalate and require more serious hospital intervention.

"It isn't a controversial statement. The Welsh NHS has published plan after plan aiming to deliver more care closer to people's homes. However, these plans haven't yet been backed up with the resources needed to implement them.

"In fact, the share of the NHS budget invested in general practice has actually fallen over the last decade. More and more GPs are saying it's financially unsustainable to run a practice, with inadequate funding available to them to deliver patient care.

"There will be opportunities to address this and they need to be taken. The funding announced ahead of the NHS' 70th birthday means Wales will receive additional money, and general practice needs its fair share. The last NHS plan came with a £100million fund to help implement it, and ultimately core budgets need to reflect the way Wales needs to deliver patient care.

"A well-resourced general practice would mean patients can access more timely appointments and the NHS delivers more preventative care, fixing problems at an early stage before they get worse. Those benefits will not be realised until we see a step change in NHS funding."
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Health Secretary's enthusiasm is welcome - now resources must be delivered, says College

She said: "It is really encouraging to hear Health Secretary Matt Hancock's comments about general practice, and his acknowledgement that our profession needs more support. General practice certainly is the bedrock of the NHS: we make the vast majority of patient contacts in the NHS, and by doing so we alleviate pressures across the health service.

"His commitment to backing GPs every step of the way now must be delivered in terms of more GPs, more members of the wider practice team, and more resources for our profession, so that we can keep our patients safe, close to home, where they want to be cared for, and where it is most cost-effective.

"We welcome Mr Hancock's enthusiasm for genomics, and we recognise the enormous potential this emerging field has in helping to transform individualised patient care for future generations.

"Genome sequencing offers the hope of new diagnoses, treatment options, and research opportunities - but we need to make sure that GPs and other healthcare professionals are properly trained and supported to maximise the potential of these tools as they emerge.

"RCGP is going some way to do this, and we have already appointed dedicated Clinical Champions in this area, as well as producing supporting educational material for primary care teams on our website.

"Ultimately, this is a hugely exciting and evolving field of medicine and we look forward to working with NHS England and others to further understand and harness the capabilities of this promising new era of healthcare."

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