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GPs say they are fighting to obtain NHS treatment for patients

GPs are increasingly have to fight to obtain NHS treatment for their patients as managers raise the limits on access to care, according to GP magazine.

According to the investigation, there has been a 19% increase in requests for rationed care, with requests for fertility treatment making up 20% of applications and 10% relating to treatment for macular degeneration.

Commenting on this story, Professor Lindsey Davies, President of the Faculty of Public Health, says:

"FPH produced a report in March that warned that the Health and Social Care Act risked increasing the cost of healthcare, in part because GPs would need to buy in legal expertise. This risk is becoming a reality and that should concern us all, particularly if GPs are having to spend their time explaining funding decisions, not focusing on patient care.

"There has always been a need to manage the NHS's resources effectively, and public health professionals who work in healthcare are highly trained in doing this. Yet many of them are concerned about how decisions will be taken once the new NHS and public health systems take effect next year. With all the changes that are happening to the NHS, let's not forget that we already have experts who can do this difficult and controversial work, and make sure they are able to continue doing it.."

Written: 20/11/2012 , last modified: 08/01/2013