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GP leaders set to debate patient co-payments

GP leaders are set to debate patient co-payments at the annual Welsh LMCs Conference this Saturday.

LMC representatives will also hear a keynote address from Welsh health secretary Vaughan Gething.

Patients paying towards seeing their GP is the topic of one of two special themed debates for the day, with the other one focusing on GP indemnity.

In addition, delegates will vote on motions proposing:

  • the creation of GP 'overspill' centres for when demand cannot be safely met by practices;
  • an urgent increase of the number of GP training posts and a specific mechanism to attract 'Welsh domicile applicants' who are 'more likely to end up working in their home communities';
  • 'all foundation training doctors to have a four-month GP placement included in their rotations in time for the August 2018 starters';
  • and a suggestion that the Welsh Government 'should remove responsibility for primary care from failing Local Health boards and set up a Wales Wide Primary Care Organisation with proper levels of funding'.

Wales GPC chair Dr Charlotte Jones said: 'The co-payment debate is purely linked to interest on what happens in other countries and given how things may look in Northern Ireland in future. Also always good to consider models of provision given scarce resources available.'

The annual Welsh LMCs Conference is held in Newport on 4 March.

Northern Irish LMCs are also meeting for their annual conference this Saturday, where they will vote on sticking with their plan for a mass exit from the NHS.

Readers' comments (3)

  • Council of Despair

    take the opportunity to look at all alternative models

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  • The future is private. We all know it. The government want it. The public have not come to our aid. So let's just get on with it. Suddenly the morning queue for appointments is a sign in success, not failure.

    Except, the demand will evaporate. Look at 5p on a carrier bag....

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  • A 50p charge per script will cut pharmacy expenditure by half within 6 months. At present, pharmacies order scripts for patients within 2 days of scripts issued for 2 months on the grounds ' If the patient asks for it, I will pass on request to Practice' - Yes, that's the explanation I got when I returned two scripts yesterday to my local Pharmacist. Not speaking here of boxes of meds being returned unused or cupboards full of unused meds in patients' home worth £10k.
    It's time to take tough decisions in difficult times.No sweet talking will help educate the public.

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