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Wednesday, May 25, 2005
  The key health debate
I find it interesting that perhaps the key health debate has not really hit the media. The question is how to organise the health service. Should we move everything towards "primary care" GPs. Alternatively should we be looking instead at creating more care through institutions.

There has been a heavier burden in recent years in Accident and Emergency units. Some of this is caused by the difficulties in booking appointments with GPs. Other aspects lie with the fact that there is total confusion as to how many people are actually registered with GPs in comparison to those who live in an area.

There are potentially a number of different strategies that could be adopted. That which finds favour in government at the moment is a substantial reduction in hospital beds - which will reduce hospital infection because people won't go to hospital.

There is some merit in this argument, but it seems to be driven far too strongly down the route of scrapping beds. (Which after all helps to hit the Gershon targets).

This is one of my first 24 written quesitons.
 
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