Medical services probe

Posted on February 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

The level of services which doctors provide to residential care and nursing homes is going to be investigated by the RCN Council, the ruling body of the Royal College of Nursing. Recently, Mrs Hewlyn Smith, chair of the RCN nursing home inspectors’ group, asked RCN congress held in March to review medical services to people living in nursing and residential homes. Mrs Smith said her request for the review had been overwhelmingly supported by district nurses and nurses working in nursing homes. “There is still a lot of confusion about the level of services residents can expect from GPs and whether GPs can charge fees for some services,” Mrs Smith told Caring Times “We need to clear up this confusion. At the moment some homes are compelled to pay GPs retainers in order to obtain medical care for residents. Other homes receive exactly the same level of service without paying GPs.” Mrs Smith said GPs received a per capita payment for every person on their list. They receive additional fees for home visits. Medica

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