Inequalities not due to GP access

Poor access to GP services is not to blame for widening health inequalities, according to the acting director of policy at the King's Fund think-tank.

Anna Dixon told the Health Select Committee last week that access to acute care was actually a far bigger problem in deprived communities.

Low car ownership and poor public transport means that poorer patients often struggle to access acute care services, she said. More affluent patients also found it easier to get referrals for further treatments.

Ms Dixon also questioned whether the quality framework had helped address health inequalities. She called for it to include more clinical indicators, and for the standard of care required to qualify to be raised.

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