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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)

  • Another sound bite without any thought behind it.

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  • They are just an annoying noise in the background and best ignored. Please allow them to get on with making hot air which is a very important job. Meanwhile, on the coalface, I am getting on the mess they cause and looking after my patients as best I can with the resources provided.

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  • Thats the problem, I'm only spending 12hrs at work a day, I must remember to give more...

    ... sorry not happening.

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  • Allforone at 1207...contract says reasonable needs on ltc palliative care those that are ill and believe themselves to be ill on a manner to be determined by the practice...nothing about timely apots...or wpunds or half the stuff we get

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  • Patients who vote tory are like turkeys voting for x-mas.However dont wish Richard'Branston' on us to clear up this pickle.I cant think of anything worse.One off the reasons we are in the mess we are in is the creeping privatisation of the NHS.All for profit but no compassion or care!

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  • Someone f***s up the system and GPs 'fail to deliver'! What is Primary care? A maternity ward ? Should have safely packed his weird policies in condoms if he wanted to avoid an unhealthy delivery.

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  • Do the tories never learn from their mistakes? The public gave them a walloping and they still come out with this drivel, I am speechless, does nobody understand in Tory central office that health was the biggest issue that lost them support?

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  • The government, like multinationals, want increased productivity. If you look at airline pilots pay as an example, it is now rock bottom and for some no more than $22,000 a year in the states.

    There is one big difference and that is that there are a limited number of doctors in the world and 'currently' machines/robots/computers and nurses, paramedics, pharmacists are not able to take over our jobs. Unlike the airline industry where there are a huge number of trained pilots looking for jobs, the medical profession is different. We need to withdraw our contract with the NHS. It is a simple case of supply and demand. There aren't people who can take over our jobs, well not at the moment until Google's DeepMind comes to fruition.

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  • Retirement is better than this shite

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  • Ms. Doyle-Price seems to wish to exacerbate GP Workforce Problems with her ill-considered remarks! She should talk to Sarah Wollaston and think again, starting with an Apology!
    Steve Brine seems more measured and thoughtful, he may be useful and a potential asset.

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