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Jane Bates: Is the right to see a GP such an outdated idea?

All patients deserve a face-to-face medicines review with their GP. Not only is this in the best interests of the patient, it helps prevent the huge costs to the NHS associated with wasted medications, says Jane Bates

All patients deserve a face-to-face medicines review with their GP. Not only is this in the best interests of the patient, it helps prevent the huge costs to the NHS associated with wasted medications, says Jane Bates

The poor old chap was confused, living in the past. There he was, all dressed up in his best bib and tucker, going for a booked appointment with his GP for a medicines check.

His current prescription was a list as long as your arm, and had not been reviewed for years. Poor old chap – fancy imagining that if you have made an appointment at your local surgery, you will actually get to see a doctor.

A neighbour had noticed, when he asked for help, that he was still taking a drug prescribed for an acute condition years before. He felt some of

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