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Pulse launches manifesto calling on politicians to stop disparaging the profession

Pulse’s alternative election manifesto, voted for by GPs, calls for more respect and an end to workload dump onto GP practices from other areas of the health service.

The two demands have come out top amid 20 ideas for the next Government that were put to over 400 GPs voting via the Pulse website in the run-up to next week’s general election.

In all, 87% of GPs said they want the next Government to make a promise to ‘stop disparaging general practice and work with the profession to make it more attractive for new GPs’.

GPs would also like whoever is successful on 7 May to ‘define core services for general practice’, with 84% supporting the idea which would aim to ‘prevent more and more work being dumped on practices’.

Another five of the ideas proposed received support from more than three quarters of GPs, and were in declining order:

  • Allocate an additional 1% of the NHS budget to general practice immediately and keep increasing the proportion of resources put into the community (supported by 83%);
  • Actively support GPs in saying ‘no’ to work that is not within their contract (78%);
  • Remove all restrictions on consultants referring within their own hospital to help stop them bouncing patients back to GPs (78%);
  • Invest in primary care to allow 15-minute appointments as a minimum (75%);
  • And, finally, to launch an honest public debate about what the priorities of the NHS should be and how its finite resources should be allocated.

Pulse has sent this list of simple, easy-to-implement reforms to the main political parties, urging that they be implemented if they reach office.

Pulse’s alternative election manifesto

Readers' comments (4)

  • Margaret Thatcher restored the authority against sectoral interests, the trade unions and we have not one GP who can stand against the corporate take over of the NHS

    She didn't care what others think about her with her thinly disguised contempt.

    maybe I'm too optimistic about our RCGP president

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  • In line with other countries no home visits.

    Exception for palliative care patients.

    Care home visits covered by LES.

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  • Agree with restricted home visits. Will free up at least 2 hours daily for seeing more patients in the surgery. So no need for the nonsensical dictat to CCG's to bring to task surgeries when their patients attend a/e.
    We have recently employed a highly qualified paramedic for 2 days a week to do all over 75 years / palliative care and some urgent visits. The stress reelief on those days are beyond words. I personally achieve much more on those days than have done these past few years.
    Strongly recommend this - far more cost effective than any other measures I have come across so far. I feel should now be funded fully for all surgeries by CCGs or whoever else.

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  • I love the idea of appointing a paramedic will certainly recommend it to my group practice

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