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GP shortages down to practices 'not delivering', says new health minister

An MP appointed as a health minister has vowed to make sure GP practices ‘take responsibility’ for having appropriate staffing for patient demand as ‘they get the money to do so’.

The Conservative MP for Thurrock, Jackie Doyle-Price, who has been made parliamentary under-secretary of state for health under health secretary Jeremy Hunt, says on her constituency website that GP shortages are in part down to GPs ‘not delivering enough’.

Though her brief has not been confirmed, there is a vacancy in the Department of Health to replace previous primary care minister, David Mowat, who lost his seat in the snap election.

Her constituency campaign page identifies that the local Basildon Hospital is improving and says ‘now lets [sic] improve our GPs’, adding that the loss of practices and continuity of care for patients heaps burdens on hospitals.

It says: ‘Here in Thurrock we have a shortage of GPs – partly because we aren’t doing enough to attract them, and partly because GP practices aren’t delivering enough to meet local demand.

‘This Government has introduced inspection of GP practices and we will be making sure that when they take responsibility for more patients they make sure they have the staff in the practice to meet demand.

‘They get the money to do so. They must invest in their practices so that patients can see their GP when they need to.’

Ms Doyle-Price has been appointed alongside Steve Brine, who is the MP for Winchester and Chandler’s Ford. Mr Brine bills himself as a ‘passionate defender’ of primary care and general practice.

His health campaign page highlights that access problems in primary care are being driven by the ‘consumerisation of healthcare’ and the growing problems of housing developments potentially swamping services.

It states: ‘As a responsible MP who puts the NHS first in his constituency I always want to listen to local GPs and work alongside them, as well as their patients to ensure we have services in the right place at the right time.

‘As more and more houses are built that also means working closely with NHS England on GP access and maintaining important, yet small, in-community provision such as we have in South Wonston and Twyford.’

Philip Dunne, MP for Ludlow retains his role as Mr Hunt's deputy and Lord O'Shaughnessy holds his seat as the DH represetnative in the House of Lords.

In a speech before the election, the soon-to-be chair of BMA Council Dr Chaand Nagpaul said politicians must 'end the callous disregard' for the plight of general practice.

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Readers' comments (63)

  • Cobblers

    I had to go to the politico's website to check that journalistic licence had not taken over.

    "Here in Thurrock we have a shortage of GPs – partly because we aren’t doing enough to attract them, and partly because GP practices aren’t delivering enough to meet local demand."

    That's it, verbatim, a sort of mental disconnect that suggests all is not right in the thought processes. Part 1 is fine but what the heck has GP's aren't delivering got to do with GPs not wanting to work there? Inverse logic I would have thought?

    Then it goes on to state that GPs are getting the money to provide the staff and services. Here she is just plain wrong.

    She'll fit in nicely with IT savvy Jeremy (iMac) Hunt and his DoH stooges.

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  • You have to say if the population vote for these people they do get what they deserve!

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  • She si obviously going to get a lot of support from local Gps

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  • Literally open mouthed here - I am confused - what on earth is going on in this woman's head? If anything it is this governments persecution of the profession which has resulted in the lack of GP cover. By the same logic presumably she thinks GP's are also responsible for the reduction in Tory MP numbers? Crazy sh1t.

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  • Hilarious! Must be trying out for a new career in stand up comedy!

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  • Beyond parody.

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  • Utterly incredible that she is putting the blame on GPs

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  • Vinci Ho

    Agent Hunt
    Your achievements in dealing with these bloody GPs have been spectacular and impressive. IMF however, was slightly concerned your sidekicks lost their seats in the recent election. Our advice is to appoint and train new aides to become 'mini-me' of yourself . More success will be on the horizon
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  • Well there you go...it's looks like it's just going to be more of the same deluded drivel. There's nothing to see here....you've never had it so good folks!

    RIP General Practice

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  • Ooh I get all excited listening to hard talking MPs telling us off!
    Hopefully she will be 'tough on GPs, tough on the causes of GPs'!
    Seriously Great British Public, would paying for your own GP care be worse than services governed by people like this?

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  • Oh dear. This is going to end badly. Another well. Turfed politician spouting inevidenced rhetoric.

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  • Actually, she is right. That is what our Contract says.We have to provide appropriate and timely appointments and GMS services as needed, if patients are registered with us. We are Independent Contractors and that is our Contract.
    If we cannot provide the contractual service,for whatever reason, we can and must resign and hand back the Contract. We have no alternative, actually.
    Lack of money, staff, time, doctors etc is not the problem of the DOH, whatever the cause may be.

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  • Mrs Doyle Price has a clearcut diagnosis of FITH disease and would benefit from an urgent brain biopsy- if any viable tissue is left (although the signs that this condition has spread amongst the Tory front bench and beyond has perhaps been obvious for quite some time)
    One of the most common symptoms is 'projection' in that the sufferer tends to appropriate its own major faults onto others.
    Fortunately for others the condition is looking increasingly terminal for the sufferer as others get wise to it, thus preventing its spread.

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  • Chris Kenyon

    She's clearly a genius and will go very very far. What joy it is to be led by these people!

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  • ha bloody ha
    I shall leave it to Richard 'Branston' to clear up this pickle then ?

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  • Oh she"s sorted it. Simply stop drawing any salary and use that money to plug gaps in the service. Was simple all along.

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  • Vinci Ho

    Keep your comments coming

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  • this is what the people voted for. we need to remain strong and not give in - i sincerely hope the likes of chaand and mayur get off their behinds and say something about this in our defence, and be vocal about it.

    i am already telling my patients not to complain to me that they are getting poor service from social/hospital - they voted tory, they need to deal with the consequence - im sick of taking it on the chin for these people who really dont give a toss about their healthcare providers.

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  • I sincerely hope that all of the Thurrock GP surgeries close their list outright & Tell new patients that they go and ask her to provide health services as GP dont want more money and dont want new patients as they cannot look after more patients.

    Time has come for all of us to work to the rule and stop going beyond our call of duty.
    1) To provide number of appointment only as per expected in NHS contract and not one more. All other patient needing appointment can go to A&E if the wish ,as that's not our problem.
    2) All non contracted work to be refused
    3) These patients don't care whether you have worked 12-14 hrs a day without taking a break. All they care about is that they are seen when they want to be seen.
    4) Politician's obviously don't care about us, as all they care is how can they appease public and make popular statements and remain in race for next election.
    SO WHY THE HELL WE KEEP ON BOTHERING ABOUT SAVING NHS. LET IT FAIL, WHY THE HELL WE SHOULD PROP IT UP AT THE COST OF OUR HEALTH.
    I really feel politicians and public in this country don't deserve our extra help and hard work.

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  • Brightondrjohn

    I sincerely hope that Jezza-the-Ripper gets rid of this woman straight away! If they want to completely destroy General Practice then this sort of message will do it nicely!
    I was appalled to see JH being reappointed. Why have they not spent time to evaluate the best candidates to replace the Ministers who lost their local election- their commitment to the NHS was obviously not appreciated locally.
    This is worse than Thatcherism!

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