'Pay GPs to find carers', suggests the BMA

GPs who want to more closely with carers in their communities are being hampered by financial cutbacks, according to the BMA.

Extra resources would help GPs identify more carers, says the BMA's community care committee.

GP Dr Helena McKeown, the committee chairman, said: 'Identification is a vital first step in ensuring a good working relationship which benefits both the carers and those they look after.'

The BMA says the new GP contract has been a huge success in incentivising those practices choosing to take part in extra quality initiatives to develop protocols to identify carers. Yet turning voluntary identification schemes into formal registers would require extra resources.

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