RCGP Chair letter to Daily Mail calling out criticism of GP care in care homes published

Publication date: 15 May 2020

An abridged version of the following letter has been published in the Daily Mail today. It is in response to an article published Tuesday 12 May, for which the College was not asked to provide comment.

Dear Sir

GPs have not 'abandoned' their patients who live in care homes, and to imply otherwise is wrong.

GPs are committed to providing the same high quality of care to all their patients during the COVID-19 pandemic as in normal times, although this may be delivered differently than usual, via telephone or video. In cases where remote consultations are not suitable, arrangements will be made for a face-to-face consultation. However, this is being kept to a minimum for good reason: to protect care home residents and staff, as well as other patients seen by GPs and their teams, against the spread of the virus.

Professor Martin Marshall
Chair of the Royal College of GPs

Further Information

RCGP Press office: 020 3188 7494/7633/7574/7575
Out of hours: 0203 188 7659

Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 53,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.

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