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RCGP releases action plan for primary care with 'urgent' call for GP workforce boost

The RCGP has called on the health secretary to urgently deliver the 6,000 additional GPs the Conservative party promised in its election manifesto, as the organisation lays out a series of actions it wants to see in the next decade.

The Governement must set 'effective targets' for increasing the number of GPs across the UK, with clear goals provided by the end of 2020, said the RCGP.

It must also reform the NHS pension system by 2021, and by 2022 introduce funded programmes to help GPs supervise members of the multidisciplinary team, added the RCGP in its report, Fit for the Future:Workforce roadmap. 

Investment in locally-led GP initiatives should be 'substantially increased,' added the report, which is the first instalment of three aimed at ensuring the RCGP's blueprint for general practice is achieved - in which it called for 15-minute GP appointments.

It comes as RCGP chair Professor Martin Marshall wrote to health secretary Matt Hancock, warning him three-week waits for GP appointments were 'unacceptable' and that the extra 6,000 GPs in England must be 'deliver[ed] quickly'.

Professor Marshall also stressed how granting support to GPs is a key way the Government can live up to its pledge of 50 million more patient consultations by 2024/25.

The letter also warned general practice has been ‘running on empty for too long’, and referred to the ‘intense pressure’ GPs are under being responsible for many burning out and leaving the profession.

He added: ‘Our roadmap follows publication of Fit for the Future: a vision for general practice which describes a future in which general practice has the resources, skills, and investment needed to ensure GPs can continue to deliver world class, placed-based patient-centred care.

'This will only be possible if urgent action is taken to address the workforce shortages across general practice.'

Ahead of the last spending review, the RCGP also urged Chancellor Sajid Javid to increase the number of trainee GPs from 3,500 to 5,000 per year.

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Readers' comments (9)

  • I wouldn't urinate on the RCGP if it was on fire.

    Co-owners of the current GP disaster.

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  • "Professor Martin Marshall wrote to health secretary Matt Hancock, warning him three-week waits for GP appointments were 'unacceptable' and that the extra 6,000 GPs in England must be 'deliver[ed] quickly"

    About as helpful as a fart in a spacesuit - we all know the 6,000 extra GPs are pure fantasy - RCGP et al should be pushing for workload reduction, more than a capacity increase.

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  • Maverick

    I have been blissfully retired for three and a half years. The core issues which led to my leaving still exist and are getting worse. Fundamentally, we all know what's wrong, as the comments on this website confirm, but the solution still eludes....
    I posted this link under Dr. Kamal Sidhu's excellent "views" article a few days ago, but I think it warrants posting again here for those who may not have seen it. If nothing else, it may raise a laugh.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YawagQ6lLrA

    Monty Python's Life of Brian, PFJ to take action....

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  • RCGP are as political as any government health department or agency if not more. Even the RCGP “curriculum” was authored by politicos riddled with conflicts of interest.. Cronyism should have no place in a medical college whose only business should be in education yet in this case it is found in abundance

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  • The problems still exist due to cronyism as above. The BMA needs to get tough. Take us private like the dentists so we have professional control over our lives and have the ability to improve our own terms and conditions rather than the monopoly that currently exists. A junior lawyer charge £280/h and nobody blinks.

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  • Hypocritical RCGP and its complicity in Appraisal and revalidation is contributing to the problem. Appraisal being due was the last straw that led me to quit. Thank you RCGP for helping me make best decision ever !!!
    Agree with truth finder, GP`s need to move private like dentists and the NHS can then buy our services if they want to ! Soon it will be viable for more GP`s to start up private practices anyway as ever more people will pay to not wait a month for an appointment.

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  • Just to cheer up my GP colleagues, more "training" on not very useful but extremely time consuming things that we have done before such as:equality and diversity, information governance, fire safety, child protection (call social services or police in short) etc to keep the CQC pen pushers in their jobs.
    The big bureacratic NHS caused these. We have lost control and what it means to be a professional.
    The profession is now over regulated with too many assistant to the assistant manager.
    If we screw up, the patients can always sue without all the triple or quadruple jeopardy with NHSE, CQC, GMC, CCG etc.......I am sure there are more.
    The UK environment is toxic.

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  • I have been asking around for a while. A chambers model would be fine. It would unite and engage those thinking of leaving and set a firebreak between any NHS contract and our fitness to practice. The NHS just becomes a customer and the Chambers members take their own steps to remain revalidated. This finally removes the obligation on GPs to be "Health Economists, Auditors and Rationers of the NHS": these are the nasty parts of the GMS contract and we are not trained or qualified to undertake these roles. It just drags us into confilicts of interest and collusion when dealing with NHS crises not of our making, and not in our gift to fix.

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  • ... and if you're worried about your pension, you will be fine with a Private Pension regulated by the FSA and funded by twice your current income rather than a discretionary one bugger*d around with by a politician every time they are trying to show off to their neo-lib cronies.

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