GPs and Physicians Want Care Based on Patients' Needs rather than Buildings
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The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has today (16 December) endorsed a commitment to support new, integrated models of care based on the needs of patients, service users and communities.
Supporting the joint statement on integrated care, issued by the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of General Practitioners, Mr Ian Ritchie, President RCSEd said:
"The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is delighted to support this statement and the principles contained within it and, on a personal basis as a healthcare provider, I too endorse it whole-heartedly.
"The Francis report emphasised the need for the NHS to once again put patients at the centre of care, and this is something all of us who provide healthcare must do across the board and in partnership with each other. At every stage of their care, every patient must be sure that they are being looked after by a strong team who are concerned solely with giving them the best possible care.
"By setting out a clear pledge to remove some the artificial barriers between primary, secondary and community care, this statement sets out how we as Royal Colleges and as healthcare professionals can work together more closely to achieve a truly integrated health service.
"The NHS faces a number of challenges, but by working together we will be able to maximise resources, devise more innovative approaches to care, and ensure that the patient remains at the centre of everything we do.”
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