GPs: Govt 'meddling in A&E'

The Health Secretary is to say that every patient should have a doctor responsible for their care 24/7 later today. But the British Medical Association said doctors are not prepared to shore up the A&E system left unsafe by "political meddling."

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GPs to face new Chief Inspector

Family doctors will face a tough new inspection regime under plans announced by Jeremy Hunt.The Health Secretary will put forward proposals to introduce a Chief Inspector of General Practice.

The new chief inspector will devise and implement a new system so GP practices will be given ratings, such as those used by the schools inspector Ofsted, and will champion patients' interests, officials said.

Feeling the pressure: GPs to face new Chief Inspector. Credit: Andrew Parsons/PA Wire

Speaking on Thursday at a leadership summit held by think-tank The King's Fund, Mr Hunt will divulge plans to implement the "rigorous system of inspection" to ensure that GP practices are providing "effective and responsive care", a Department of Health spokeswoman said.

Mr Hunt will also embellish on plans to provide one-to-one care for elderly patients.

He will say that getting care can be "confusing", especially for older people who need more than one service.

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