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Baker: 20,000 more GPs and practice staff needed for seven-day working

The Government’s plans for seven-day working in general practice would require 10,000 more GPs and another 10,000 nurses and practice staff, the RCGP chair has claimed.

Dr Maureen Baker said that the plans would require an extra £1bn of funding as GPs are already ‘beseiged’ and working ‘11 to 12 hour days’.

Speaking in an interview with Sky News, Dr Baker said: ‘If we were to move to seven days a week we would need 10,000 more GPs. We probably need the same number of practice nurses and a proportionate number of support staff.

She added: ‘We know our colleagues are working 11 to 12-hour days, and that is really difficult to do day after day when it is a job you need to be on top form for. ‘They are feeling pressurised and besieged and looking for a bit of respite.’

‘My fear is the whole of the NHS becomes unsustainable due to the failure to properly invest in general practice.’

GP practices have been asked to submit proposals for ‘innovative’ ways of improving access by February to receive part of a £50m NHS England fund. The fund is designed to follow on from Prime Minister David Cameron’s announcement of plans to move towards seven-day working last year, and reiterates plans to fund opening on Saturdays and Sundays.

A Department of Health spokesperson said: ‘We have made £50m available to help innovative GPs to extend their services and stay open longer - either on their own or by working with other local practices. We have also asked Health Education England to see how we can get 50% of medical students to become GPs.’

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  • Vinci Ho

    Looking at the news today , you should know very clearly how this government is treating people and professionals.
    Chancellor is saying the same old same old , basically all he cares is more up going of the GDP, job is obviously never done by that aspect.
    Whether you agree to what the barristers were doing today, this is the first time in history they go on strike of this scale . What does that tell you?
    If you have money , why do you need NHS and Legal Aids? This is the Big Society Darth Vader referring to......

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  • The irony is that while there indeed is severe shortage of GPs, a number of hard working and dedicated ethnic GP trainees are being shunted out at the end of their three year training by a very clever design.

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  • The pure hatred directed at GPs by The Daily Mail seems to reveal their true agenda. While the DM claim to want to improve General practice for patients! it seems that they simply want to humiliate and serially bully GPs.
    There is a great opportunity to deliver this 7 day working if the DOH are prepared to put in the investment. THE DAILY MAIL SHOULD BE CAMPAIGNING FOR THIS INVESTMENT BUT THEY WONT. WHY NOT.....BECAUSE THAT IS NOT THEIR AGENDA. THEIR AGENDA IS INCITING HATRED OF GPS TO SELL NEWSPAPERS NOT THE IMPROVEMENT OF GENERAL PRACTICE. .....PULSE MAGAZINE SHOULD ASK THEM WHETHER THEYW SUPPORT THIS STAFF INVESTMENT.....THEY WILL SHY AWAY FROM ANSWERING REVEALING THEIR TRUE AGENDA

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  • @8:47 PM
    Please check your caps lock key.

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  • Vinci Ho

    In a latest US comedy . Anchorman 2: the legend continues, TV news reporter Will Ferrell was reading the captions on the screen in front of him. They were all written in capital letters , so he ended up shouting every word loud in rage......
    That is our spirit on this platform , mate

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  • Paul Dacre is annoyed because he was rejected from St Mary's medical school.

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  • Anon above. You are likely right. Dacre seems to "prey on newspaper readers" just to make more greedy money. Note the "...". This is what the DM always do when "abusing" others so as to keep within the rules.

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  • There is no need for 7 day working. A decent co-op system used to work. It's falling over due to 111, A+E shortages and closures, patient expectation, dis-investment aimed to privatise the NHS placing the blame on GPs. If we give in and start working 7/7 the government will gloat about how they knew it was GPs fault and they got us working 7/7 and the red tops can bleat about how much 'extra' we're being paid whilst us partners burn out and cover god knows how much more for not a lot more. Line in the sand for me!

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