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Scottish Hearts Patients Treated by GPs

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17 Jan 2014

An article in Friday’s press reported that heart patients in Scotland’s biggest health board are being treated by their GP, rather than in hospital. Speaking in response to this article, President of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Chair of the Scottish Academy, Mr Ian Ritchie said:

"This development reflects the fact that our health service is changing  and we therefore have a requirement to adapt the way we work. There is absolutely no need for this to be regarded as less safe for the patient, indeed it could be argued that it is better for patients as it keeps them out of hospital. However, I completely agree with Dr Keighley that this type of decision needs the involvement of both primary and secondary care doctors and that the decision must be made based on what is best for the patient and their families.”

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