Darzi centres 'pose child protection risk' and threaten GPs' future

GP-led health centres risk destroying general practice, GPC member Dr Helena McKeown said at the annual spring meeting of the Medical Women's Federation this month.

Lord Ara Darzi (Photograph: JH Lancy)
Lord Ara Darzi (Photograph: JH Lancy)

She issued a stark warning that GP-led health centres would take the easy patients, leaving traditional general practice to care for the complex, time-consuming and chronically sick.

And she warned that cases of child abuse would go unnoticed in medical environments where doctors are unfamiliar with their patients.

‘My grave concern is that we will be left with the patients who have more complex needs and more complicated conditions, those who are less mobile and present a greater workload.

‘I have huge concerns about child protection. We are the people who are most likely to identify child abuse. Our familiarity with the family and wide knowledge of social issues makes us best placed to spot abuse. The GP-led health centres will not have that level of awareness and there is a potential for risk that we should highlight.’

prisca.middlemiss@haymarket.com

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