NRI doctor warns UK of work pressure on medical staff

NRINITIASDr Chaand Nagpaul chair of the British Medical Association (BMA) General Practice Committee, warned the UK government not to pile more pressure on the already over-worked medical staff in the country.

Speaking at an annual conference of local medical committees Nagpaul made his comments in reference to PM David Cameron’s election pledge to ensure general practitioners (GPs) surgeries will be open 7 days a week.

Nagpaul, the principal spokesperson for UK based GPs said it would damage quality care by spreading GPs so thinly, and would replace continuity of care with impersonal shift work and reduce the practitioners’ availability for older, vulnerable patients.

The UK government’s Department of Health dismissed the warnings as ‘ an overly negative and pessimistic view’ from the doctors’ union.