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GPs asked for food bank referrals
« on: February 18, 2014, 06:53:25 PM »

Around one in six GPs have been asked to refer patients to a food bank in the past year, a snapshot poll suggests.
The survey of 522 family doctors for GP magazine Pulse found 16% had been asked to refer patients.
It comes after Pulse reported concerns among GP leaders that practices are being put in an "impossible position" by charities that require a referral before they will offer help.
Such referrals are aimed at making sure support reaches the most needy and can come from places such as schools, GPs and job centres....
Last year, Pulse also reported a 21% increase in requests for GPs to verify work capability due to cuts to the welfare system.
Professor Clare Gerada, former chair of the Royal College of GPs, said GPs were being caught up in the "hoops" the genuinely needy had to jump through to get help.
She said: "Poverty is an enormous workload issue and, again, it's the inverse care rule because it creates more work for GPs in poorer areas who don't get
resourced for it so you end up with more work and less time.
"People do naturally turn to their GPs, they don't know where else to go, so they come to you. And because we get so much criticism, I get so fed-up.
"We're there trying to sort out everybody's problems and meanwhile the posh middle classes are complaining because they can't get access to us."

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