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GP Forward View should be everyone's 'top priority', says RCGP chair

Making sure that the General Practice Forward View pledges are delivered should be everyone's top priority, outgoing RCGP chair Dr Maureen Baker has said.

Speaking today at a King's Fund conference on new models of general practice, Dr Baker said this has been her main job in the past six months, and will also be the top priority of her successor Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard, who takes over as RCGP chair next month.

Dr Baker reiterated the college's endorsement for NHS England's document, which comes as the document was declared insufficient by the GPC as well as by Pulse readers.

Dr Baker said a survey of RCGP members two months ago showed that 48% 'do agree GPFV is positive for general practice, so almost half think that this is good news'.

Dr Baker told delegates: 'We do have our logo on the front cover which means that we believe, in RCGP, that this is the right plan for general practice.

'Our job now, and I suggest everyone’s job, is to ensure that what’s pledged in the forward view is delivered and that’s been my top priority in the last six months of my chairmanship and I know it’s the top priority of the incoming chair, my successor, Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard.'

At the same conference, Dr Baker said that RCGP is also supportive of the NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) that are currently being drawn up across 44 areas of England.

She said: 'STPs are due to submit their plans on Friday. We do support the approach. We do think the NHS needs to get together at local level to decide how they're going to best spend their funds for their populations over the next few years.

'Just to point out to you.The STPs have been recommended that they spend 15-20% of their transformation and sustainability fund, that’s a bit of leeway but at least 15%, that is another funding stream that we will be closely monitoring.'

Last week, Dr Baker warned that practices could be missing out on hundreds of millions of pounds by 2020 if plans being devised across England by NHS managers are ploughing money into trusts’ deficits.

And today she said: 'We will be using our ambassadors and our members. Once the STP plans are published we will be checking to see: Does this sound right to you? Are you going to get the support you need? Is the funding that's committed going to be there?

'And if it's not, we'll be straight back to NHS England, to the minister in the department saying, this is what you said, this is what you committed, this is what we're hearing - it needs to be addressed.'

NB: This article has been corrected to say that 48% of RCGP members said the GPFV was positive for general practice, rather than 38% as previously stated. Pulse apologises for any confusion.

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Readers' comments (20)

  • Hang on - only 38% of members think it's a good thing so how on earth can it be endorsed by the college? RCGP also supports STPs, again, I suspect, in contrast to most of the members.

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  • This statistic has now been corrected - it was 48%

  • Gloriously out of touch with the majority

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  • 38% 'do agree GPFV is positive for general practice, so almost half think that this is good news'.

    "Stats at Square One" - if I recall that was what we all had to read and learn, someone buy her a copy as a leaving present. Maureen can you please explain to us lowly bottom-feeding frontline GPs how on God's Earth 38% is nearly half and therefore endorsable. I would have thought the FACTS would suggest that almost 2/3 of GPs DID NOT support it would be more accurate, and therefore it is a pile of steaming excrement / RCGP (chose to insert whichever word you like). Another classic from the College, never been a better time etc.etc.

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  • This has now been corrected, please see above

  • RCGP = pathetic

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  • My top priority is getting to Friday from Monday another 644 times till I can quit this circus

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  • Money now. Reduce workload now. Forward view my derriere.

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  • Figure in 4th para is 48% not 38%, with a further 37% who are 'neutral'. Please amend.

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  • This has now been amended. Apologies for the error

  • Dear Maureen, whether the figure is 38% or 48% is irrelevant...... The majority of GPs surveyed did NOT agree. I suspect that the figures would be even lower if all GPs who are not members of the RCGP were surveyed as well.

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  • Vinci Ho

    According to Denis Campbell's article on Guardian last Friday, even Simon may not keep job:

    ......“No 10’s message at the meeting was quite blunt and stark, that there will be no more money. Theresa May and Philip Hammond say that they presided over big efficiency programmes at the Home Office and MoD and didn’t whinge about it. Their view is that the NHS is already doing very well, but that’s head in the sand stuff,” said one NHS insider who was among those briefed on the meeting.
    NHS leaders privately fear that May’s remarks indicate that she will be much tougher on the service’s pleas for more cash than David Cameron and does not appear to appreciate the extent of its deepening problems. She is said to be sympathetic to the view of many senior Treasury officials that, as one NHS source put it, “always giving the NHS more money is throwing good money after bad, like pouring water on to sand”.

    May’s stance raises questions over the future of Stevens, who is preparing to give evidence on the NHS’s finances to the Commons health select committee on Tuesday. The NHS boss, who had a close relationship with Cameron and George Osborne, has recently irritated No 10 by publicly questioning the accuracy of the government’s claim – which May repeated at prime minister’s questions on Wednesday – that the NHS will receive £10bn extra by 2020.''
    Yes , Maureen,there is no official statement from Downing Street yet.

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  • Listen everyone stop moaning


    what will it take for all of you sceptics to understand this????

    LISTEN TO THE BIG WIGS AT THE COLLEGE, they know their stuff!!!! look at how wonderful the profession and the future is!!!!

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