British Medical Journal

 Five things bothering GPs right now
 
They can?t get patients to hospital appropriately?putting GPs at riskAn inability to secure appropriate hospital transfer for patients is a common concern among GPs?as is the risk of the decisions they are having to make as a result.Georgie Budd, a trainee GP in Mountain Ash, Rhondda Cynon Taf, and co-chair of the BMA Welsh Junior Doctors Committee, recently had to call out the air ambulance for a 9 month old patient with respiratory distress for whom a land ambulance could not come quickly enough, she says.Geraint Preest, a GP partner in Pencoed Medical Centre near Bridgend, had a consultation last week with a ?gravely ill patient who needed immediate transfer to the hospital.? He dialled 999 and was given a six to eight hour window of response, ?which was unfortunately way too long a response for this patient,? who then had to be sent to hospital by car. ?Ordinarily he...