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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)

  • Vinci Ho

    A government led by so called 'elites' who are supposed to look after the best interests of people .
    Follow very closely the situation of the Granfell Tower inferno. This is from BBC news:
    ' Bunches of flowers have started being left near the fire. One has a card with it which reads: "Love and prayers to the victims and their families. Justice has to be done. People before money. RIP." '

    Many soul searching and questions are to be answered .......

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  • Vinci Ho

    On the contrary, there is certainly no question on how effective the responses of firefighting , emergency and NHS are. More so , the generosity of the local communities helping each other .

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  • well very informative.
    the fact the practice failed wasn't the fact that we had no applicants in 5 years and everybody else had retired and demand was insane. it was down to me all along!

    I was only working every day of the week after all often with ridiculously long and stressful days, obviously I was part of the problem

    stil health minister, that's your problem now as im paid by the hour and will leave GP ing as soon as I can.

    beat the dedication and hard work out of them eh..bound to work

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  • David Wrigley

    Well this doesn't bode well from an incoming new Health Minister - "They must invest in their practices....".

    It says so much that a politician can hold such views and not understand the realities of life in the NHS or general practice.

    Mind you I am sure she thinks the NHS is 'strong and stable'.....

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  • Just received an e-mail from Oxfordshire:? supply and demand reality?:

    The financial package on offer is the equivalent to over £17,000 a session (still to be paid via a limited company, whilst falling outside of IR35), which is considerably higher than the UK average of £9000 per session.

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  • Tory MP shortages are a result of the Conservative government not delivering

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  • dear health minister,
    due to the mess you have made of the primary care system I no longer have a practice.
    I think youll now find it is you that has to invest to pay me a competitive rate

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  • Apparently she is an economics graduate who has worked for South Yorkshire Police and first got elected as an MP with a majority of 90 or so; her current majority is les than 400 and is a drop from the last election.She also advocates hospitals selling off land to housing developers.This to me is far from a glittering resume'.Her thinking is confused and not linear.I wish she would change her name to Hunt.

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  • Yet another who hasn't got a clue! It's contagious.

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