Patients ‘denied’ GP care
PATIENTS are being quizzed by GP surgeries to see if they are ill enough to see a doctor.
The triage system typically sees receptionists ask about their health complaint.
Patients who ring up to see a doctor are being told their problems would be better dealt with by a pharmacist, paramedic or physio.
A poll found 59% of GP surgeries are using such schemes.
But Rachel Power of the Patients Association said: “Erecting barriers between patients and the care they need always risks some patients not getting the right treatment.”