Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Just one symptom?

The BMA Local Medical Committees Conference has brought up a very controversial issue. Some GPs have been reporting that there are 'one patient, one problem' signs outside some surgeries.

The BMA have registered that this has a significant impact on GPs ability to provide holistic care.

How can patients with multiple long-term conditions really relay their situation without bringing up multiple symptoms? Even if they only have one physical symptom, what about their mental health?

I think these signs probably are aimed at the patients that store up complaints until they have enough that they feel can warrant an appointment - but it does send out completely the wrong message to patients!

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