General Practice - are there solutions in sight!
Date sent: Thursday 5 May 2016
Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Thursday, 5 May 2016
King's Fund Report: Understanding pressures in general practice
This morning the King's Fund Published a report called: Understanding pressures in general practice. Click here for the full report
The report could have been written by the LMC, as it contains many of the facts that the LMC has been stating for some time.
The headlines include:
- There has been a substantial increase in workload in general practice over the last 5 years and this has not be matched with increased funding or workforce.
- Between 2011 and 2015 there has been a 13% increase in face to face consultations and a 63% increase in telephone consultations.
- Over that period of time the % of NHS funding going into general practice decreased from 8.3% to 7.9%.
- There is a recognition that the work in general practice is becoming more complex and intense and a 10 minute consultation is insufficient to meet the needs of many patients.
- Recruitment and retention is flagged up as a major issue and will result in a deterioration in service to patients if not addressed.
The report goes on to identify a number of actions that need to be taken by the Government including investing a greater % of the NHS budget into general practice. Last week the NHS published the GP Forward View - which announced an additional £2.4bn for GP services by 2020/1, but what does this mean in reality and what are the specific proposals?
GP Forward View
The GP Forward view AKA the "rescue package for general practice" is NHS England's response to the growing crisis in general practice. Click here for the full report.
Although the document states there will be an additional £2.4bn invested in general practice services by 2020/1 the document proposes a number of areas for investment by lacks any detail.
Please see attached document for the LMC's analysis of the GP Forward View.
Dr Nigel Watson
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Attached file: General-Practice-Forward-View-v3-NW.docx