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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)

  • Main problem in handing out contract back to NHSE is many of us are worried about financial implications,but that is pure shortsightedness. WE as GP have to believe in ourselves that these politicians need us more than we need them. As of today they cannot magically create 30000 GP from nowhere. Even if we hand our contracts back and some of us will take some financial hit initially,it can be very easily mitigated. Many who are worried ABOUT 2 THINGS 1) mortgages - but the same buildings can be used to run private GP Services because ultimately people will need to see A DOCTOR.!!!!. 2) staff redundancy - we will still staff to run private services so current staff can be absorbed, yes there might be some redundancy due to increase efficiency,but saving made from less payment in future will compensate for redundancy payments.

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  • Message to new GPs:

    Dear Robot,

    Welcome to the dung heap. Prepare yourself to be plastered with dung from patients and NHSE. You must face this with a smile on your face. Pretend to enjoy the job.

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  • If anyone from Thurrock wants to respond to these comments by joining me in the Tamar wine valleys of Tasmania feel free to drop me a line........ salary equates to £200-220k/yr at the current exchange rate for 10 sessions, 44 weeks a year.....pips the 17,000k per session mentioned earlier...... :-)

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  • There's a lot of commentary about the 18-24yr olds votes having caused the election "upset". Actually, it was the young, middle and older voters objecting to policies on schools, health, social care, Brexit and the economy. And this sort of "Let them eat cake." style of pronouncement is stereotypical out-of-touch political wittering.
    I note that JDP's majorities in 2010, 2015 and 2017 have been 92, 536 and 345 votes. Here's hoping...

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  • We're to blame really for putting up with nonsense like this.

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  • Privitisation is an option to consider... at least in part.

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  • You can see why she has become an MP - obviously couldn't hack it as a Doctor but has to put the blame on other doctors.

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  • Council of Despair

    E London Locum GP | Locum GP15 Jun 2017 11:56am

    nothing but the truth !

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  • A bit like the shortage of Conservative MP''s then.
    I suggest that anyone associated with the NHS and living in Thurrock not vote for this next time.
    Maybe some local GP could stand in the next General Election.

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  • Just Your Average Joe

    Please have a concerted campaign to remove this MP in need of an urgent brain donation, from her position of stupidity and ignorance - (Minister for health where she must fit in really well).

    Vote tactically labour/liberal or even Raving Looney and remove her.

    Then she can spout her Sh!7 from the dole cue.

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