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LMC highlights 3% decrease in GP numbers in open letter

A group of GPs in Coventry have written an open letter to highlight the workforce crisis faced by practices that has seen a 3% decrease in GP numbers in their area.

Coventry LMC says that GP practices across Coventry and Rugby are ‘at breaking point’ and desperately need more GPs, practice staff and nurses to meet patient demand.

In an open letter published today, LMC bosses said: ‘We are under unsustainable pressures from a combination of rising workload and falling resources, and are left facing a workforce crisis, with many local doctors unable to offer the services the public want and they want to offer.’

The letter, which was co-signed by the LMC’s committee and 16 members of its constituent surgeries, said that the number of GPs in Coventry had fallen by 3% in recent years and that several established GPs were leaving Coventry to work abroad.

A quarter of the LMC’s GPs were said to be considering leaving the medical profession altogether, while six out of ten were considering early retirement.

The LMC accused the Government of failing to provide ‘the support that local GP practices need to offer their patients the time and care they require’.

They continued: ‘We can either face up to the realities facing GPs and make plans now to meet the growing challenges - or we can bury our heads in the sand and watch this key part of the NHS slide into permanent decline.’

The letter calls on the public to show their support for GPs by writing to their MPs and signing the BMA’s ‘Your GP Cares’ petition.

A major BMA survey earlier this year revealed that six in ten GPs are considering early retirement and more than half say their morale is either ‘low’ or ‘very low’.

Read the letter in full here


Readers' comments (11)

  • One of the major flaws of socialised medicine is the fact that doctors subsidise the nhs. Its your hard work that is abused, which is why Doctors hat obamacare - it will lead to flagrant abuse of the medical profession.

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  • 1.50pm...true. There needs to be a move away from the sole socialised medicine to recognise free access is not sustainable and getting what you want as a patient is not to be encouraged!

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  • One CCG/Commisioners apparantly have now given green light for the OOH service to cut the overnight GP`s from 3 to 2 and also THEY NEED NOT BE GP`s i.e upto 40:60 skill mix of ANP`s and GP`s.
    I certainly won`t be retiring in this county!!!

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  • Bob Hodges

    God I hate the term 'socialised medicine'.

    With respect to the alternatives, can we can it 'humanised medicine' instead?

    I'd rather be 'abused' and taken for granted than have to sell my self-respect to the highest bidding patient.

    I would obviously be preferable to have to do neither.

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  • The your GP cares petition is a joke, just like the leaders who came up with it. In the end it will achieve nothing, again much like our leaders at the BMA, GPC, GMC, CCG....

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  • ultimately, it comes down to a societal expectation that people/patients take sufficient self-responsibility for their health, and stop relying on the NHS to correct their lifestyle choices with no effort from them!
    This needs support from government and employers to ensure healthy environments to allow adequate nutrition, rest, exercise etc.

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  • There is no doubt socialised medicine has more benefits for society as a whole.

    However as a big fan of the NHS its fairly obvious the social contract between the medical profession and 'society' has collapsed at every level and some is the UK doctor's own fault but most is a concerted attack on you.

    So the NHS survives but it does because dr's everywhere in and out of hospital are propping it up. some dr's part timers and junior trainees are largely protected from this.

    So how long can you guys last - eventually you will break as many are right now!

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  • Instead of FAKE THREATENING, why don't they resign in mass, have they got balls? Cowards LMC!!

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  • Took Early Retirement

    Get out while you can: I can confirm it has much to recommend it!

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  • No Politician can ever back a Patient Need based system rather than Patient Want - or risk being unelectable.

    Until the Private Lobby agenda is exposed by forcing all those with a declaration of interest being unable to participate in any voting, the system is rotten at its core.

    With Privatisation being pushed with the new Bilateral Trade agreement with the USA being designed to open up the NHS to market forces from the US with no protection for the NHS.

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