I won’t blow the layers of dust off the Carers Flag System … 2001 first muted.
The problem for carers / carees alike has only got worse as priority is given to saving money as opposed to introducing measures to assist customes … anyone using gp surgeries.
If such service was offered by one supermarket , their customers would look elsewhere within days.
Not so in gp surgeries as they are in a relative monopolist position … unless another surgery in the locality offers a better service for carers.
Swings and roundabouts ?
One surgery introduces a fully functional Carers Flag System only to be swamped by local carers wanting to transfer across from other surgeries.
Happened with my local surgery in 1999 or 2000 , one doctor took note of local carer concerns , did the maths , and found that they saved the practice the cost of one doctor , one nurse , one secretary.
He convinced his colleagues , added a part time locum and nurse , added a Carers Contact , and still saved money. All carers then had one point of contact on a separate phone number … the Carer Contact … shortly followed by a separate email address.
Prescriptions ? Usually a knock on the door just as you have put the phone down or surfed away from sending an email.
I’ll take a bow at this point … I helped from the carers side.
Doctors like him are few and far between ?
Time for many more carers across the country to talk with their doctors along these lines ?
If not for yourself , think of how many other carers in your locality would benefit ?
A little direct action … almost unheard of in our supporting organisations ?
GRASS ROOTS … those magic words again …
18 years and … just how many organisations / academics / suits have tried their hand to get something like the above
off the ground ?
DESPAIR … a word commonplace in CarerLand … this time around , aimed at all those who put their toe in the water and …
decided it was too cold to go swimming.
On the gp front , it takes WILL and DETERMINATION to ensure that all their patients receive the best care and attention for
whatever condition or ailment.
Where are both those when it comes to us ???
Quite simply , if YOU don’t try to change things with your local gp surgery , nobody else will !!!
No carers medals ( Food bank vouchers ) … just the satisfaction of knowing that YOU did what you could for fellow carers
on your manor !!!