New voluntary contract will help general practice to thrive
16 November 2015, Pulse
General practice is facing some of the toughest challenges in my experience of almost 30 years as a GP. The workload is rising, more people have complex medical problems, community services are often fragmented and resources have not followed the patient but have been used to support the growing dependency on hospital-based care. It is therefore no wonder that we are experiencing the worst recruitment and retention problem in general practice for a generation. But there are still glimmers of hope.
In early October, the Prime Minister announced a new voluntary contractfor GPs saying ‘millions of patients will benefit from ground-breaking plans for seven-day access to both their GPs and hospitals.’ It has generated much controversy, largely from a belief that seven-day access would mean seven-day working for all practices, but this new plan could in fact be a great opportunity for us.
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