Can the treatment of minor ailments be better managed?
Too many people are going to see their GP with minor problems a group of doctors and health campaigners says. How can self-care be better supported?
The report by the "Self-Care Campaign" says common ailments account for nearly one fifth of a GPs' workload, costing the health service in England nearly £2bn a year.
Professor Steve Field, president of the Royal College of GPs said: "We need to look at ways of encouraging a change in attitude towards the treatment of minor illnesses".
However, Katherine Murphy, from the Patients Association, said: "Above all patients should be able to rely on timely access to a clinician when they are sick or worried sick".
Should we self-care for common ailments to ease the GPs' workload? Do too many people visit their GPs when they could self-care? Have you been to see a GP with a minor ailment?
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