Gastrointestinal and digestive disorders account for 1 in 10 consultations in primary care and the same proportion of referrals to specialists. The costs of investigations and prescribing for gastrointestinal complaints are considerable.
Decisions about commissioning and clinical governance in gastroenterology require primary care input and national policy in gastroenterology also needs to be informed by GPs and their community based colleagues. The PCSG is ideally placed to provide educational resources, advice and support through consultation with committee members and dialogue with its’ large and experienced membership.
The newly designed website now features a blog by Dr Richard Stevens – the PCSG Chair. In his first blog Dr Stevens highlights the organisation’s plans to launch a campaign ‘Think GI Cancer’ later this year to ty to improve outcomes for gastroenterological cancers and the importance of ‘joined up services’ in the NHS between primary and secondary care providers.
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