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Hunt: GPs to be held accountable for care round-the-clock as 'named clinicians'

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RCGP chair Dr Clare Gerada said that the RCGP welcomed the emphasis on GPs’ central role in delivering care for the vulnerable, she had reservations about what the Government is really intending and where the money will be spent

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced that older patients with complex health needs will be assigned a single ‘named clinician’ accountable for their care at all times when they are out of hospital, and has suggested this should be their GP.

Mr Hunt said that the move was intended to drive forward better-integrated, coordinated out-of-hospital care, ensuring ‘patients and relatives have a single point of information and responsibility for their care’.

But the announcement has been met with bemusement by GP leaders, who said that GPs already were responsible for their patients out of hospital.

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