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GP visit scheme still operating

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: March 27, 2014

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I WRITE with regard to the article printed in last week's Newsletter entitled: “GP Visit Scheme Sparks Concerns” which is factually incorrect.

The article began by stating that: “A new scheme that aims to provide home doctor visits in Stafford has failed to get the backing of commissioners because of a technicality in their constitution”. This isn't true at all.

The Acute Visiting Service, a pilot, which the Newsletter, has given some great coverage on recently, has the full backing of commissioners.

The story your article is referring to is about an agreement between GP First, a GP Federation of 41 practices across Stafford and Cannock, and our CCG which couldn't be approved because of a technicality in our constitution.

The Acute Visiting Service, which patients access through their own GP, if they are taking part in the pilot, is not affected by this and will continue to operate in both Stafford and Cannock until June this year.

This is a great service which is designed to cut down on emergency admissions and I wouldn't want readers to think this service is not now operating, as that is certainly not the case.

In fact if it's successful and hits the target sets, the pilot could be rolled out ready for the winter in both Cannock and Stafford.

Chief Officer

Andy Donald

Stafford and Surrounds CCG

Cannock Chase CCG

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