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GP documents "Responsible, safe and sustainable"

Today sees the launch of GPC’s vision for the future of general practice in England :Responsible, safe and sustainable: Towards a new future for general practice ahead of its formal publication.

This report is the culmination of a major project launched over a year ago which has included: regional GP consultation events hosted by LMCs; a regional event specifically targeted at sessional and trainee GPs; patient deliberative events; and the major GP survey undertaken in the early months of this year. The key recommendations from the report will be taken forward in further activity over the coming year.

Below is a copy of the vision document in pdf format and to give you an idea of our key messages, please also find below the press release which has just been issued.

Gail Norcliffe, Joint Head, NHS Primary Care Division, British Medical Association

BMA Press Release: Embargo - 00.01 hrs, Friday, 25 September 2015

BMA sets out vision for a modernised general practice that meets the needs of patients

The BMA’s GP committee has launched a new vision for a modernised general practice that meets the expanding needs of patients across England.

Based on the largest consultation undertaken by the BMA of GPs and feedback from patients, Responsible, safe and sustainable: Towards a new future for general practice recommends key practical changes to GP services to create a locally driven service with a flexible, expanded infrastructure. It also seeks to address the unprecedented challenges of rising patient demand and a decade of underinvestment that is undermining the ability of GPs to deliver effective care to their patients.

Key recommendations include:

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA GP committee chair, said:

“General practice is at a cross roads after a decade of rising patient demand and falling resources. The BMA’s largest ever survey of GPs earlier this year found that one in three were considering retiring in the next five years as almost all reported that they were struggling to manage patient demand1.

“Last month, it was reported that there were more than 600 vacancies for GP trainee places across England demonstrating that a generation of new medical graduates are turning their backs on a career as a GP2. We are now in a situation where general practice, despite the best efforts of GPs, does not have the infrastructure, staff or funding to deliver effective services to patients. Nine out of ten GPs report that workload pressures are damaging the quality of care they can deliver to patients.

“Rather than focusing on piecemeal changes or unrealistic politically driven plans like compelling practices to open all week when they have neither the resource nor capacity, we need a meaningful programme of reform which creates a sustainable, modern and flexible service. We need better, more focused ways of lessening the overwhelming workload undermining GP services through better self-care, effective use of new technologies and appropriate funding.

“It is vital the government addresses the problems facing GP services: a failure to do so would be nothing short of a dereliction of its duty to care for the nation's health”.

The BMA’s vision for the future of general practice, Responsible, safe and sustainable: Towards a new future for general practice, is attached to this email.

Click here to download the document "Bma Recruitment Figures Trainees".

Click here to download the document "BMA GP Survey".

Click here to download the document "Solutions for general practice 23 Sep".


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