David Cameron has announced that over 7.5 million people will be offered increased access to GP services through extended opening times and new consultation methods using video-phone and email.
The Prime Minister also announced plans to enhance care services for the elderly which will see around 800,000 people over the age of 75 and those with more serious health complaints get tailored care, coordinated by one local GP.
Alzheimer's Society comment:
'Accessing a GP and having a named clinical for older patients is a positive step forward. It holds the potential to transform the way in which people with dementia and their carers access help and support.
We often hear about older people being unable to see their doctor when they need to, which can result in unnecessary additional pressures on accident and emergency departments. GPs will need to work together with social services to ensure that support is based around the needs of their patients and not rigid structures within the system.
This reform is only part of the answer. With nurses announcing today that they do not have enough time with patients in order to give good quality of care, it is clear there are more challenges to face if the healthcare system is to gear up to support an ageing population.'
Head of Policy and Public Affairs
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