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RCGP begins campaign for 10% extra funding in general practice

An RCGP survey showing that almost half of GPs are spending at least 11 hours in surgery will be used as part of a campaign calling for a 10% rise in funding for general practices by 2022, the college has said.

The survey, of 258 GP practices across the UK, also revealed that half of UK GPs are conducting up to 40-60 consultations a day. A huge 93% said that working in general practice is more stressful than five years ago while almost six in ten GPs work until 7pm or later, according to the survey.

A statement from the college said: ‘General practice currently receives only 9% of NHS funding, despite family doctors carrying out 90% of the NHS contacts. The RCGP is calling for a 10% increase to current funding for general practice, including 10,000 more GPs – approximately one per practice – by 2022.’

RCGP chair Dr Clare Gerada said the survey ‘explodes the myth’ that GPs are working less hard than other health professionals.

‘The results of this poll show that general practice is in a state of crisis and that urgent action must be taken to restore the ability of our family doctors to deliver safe patient care for all. The findings are truly shocking and explode the myth that GPs are somehow working less hard than other professionals across the health service.’

‘The findings of this poll are truly shocking and they explode the myth, peddled by certain people in recent weeks, that GPs are somehow working less hard than other professionals across the health service.’

Readers' comments (3)

  • Why do we have to wait 9 years for extra funding. If GPs are expected to shoulder the NHS and keep people out of hospital they need the funding now.

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  • 9 years! There won't be enough of us left.
    Cameron will be Sir David for services to something, Lansley and Hunt will be Expensive Care Co. consultants; there will be the NHS logo as a franchise. I'll be too young to retire but old enough to have lost the love of the job, do you wnat fires with that.

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  • The number of days per week should be stated if comparison is to be made with other professions. Many full-time GPs work 4 days a week: 4 x 11 = 44 hours. For some this is because premises are too small but for many this is a choice. (I am not suggesting working 5 x 11 hr days).

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