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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)

  • It would appear that a double barrelled name does not support even a single sawn off barrel brain.What's new.Politicians seem to lose all touch with reality the monment they enter the Westminster bubble.

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  • Old adage says "keep your mouth shut and let people think you are an idiot rather than opening it and confirming you are an idiot". the ill informed naivety of her comments betrays her complete ignorance. Perhaps ask Jezza how the recruitment of 5000 more GP's is going, perhaps ask GP's how despite advertising for months on end with no applicants for GP jobs, perhaps try asking GP's who have employed other clinicians at their own expense and trained them only to still pick up all of the work they cant do and the bill for them being there, before saying we are not trying hard enough because after another 12 hour day with lunch whilst driving to visits it doesn't go down well.
    Tory mismanagement of public services through their choice to impose austerity rather than have an honest conversation with the public about what the services they promise will actually cost is a facade to exploit all of us who work in them to protect the wealthiest in society from paying their fair share of the true cost of living in our wonderful civilised country.

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  • Beggars belief.

    Based on her undoubtedly vast field experience in the actual provision of General Practice primary care, ask her how many patients per hour and how many work hours per week she would deem necessary for GPs to be recognised as 'delivering enough'.

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