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RCGP ambassadors will help implement the Forward View, not promote it

From Dr Maureen Baker, RCGP chair

The purpose of the RCGP ambassador – Forward View role, is not to ‘promote’ NHS England’s GP Forward View, as reported in Pulse last week. It is to ensure that the 108 proposals outlined in the document are implemented in an effective way, in the best interests of general practice and patient care, by influencing decision-makers at a regional level.

The team of 22 ambassadors will aim to maximise investment in general practice at the local level, track developments, help the college monitor progress overall and of course, make sure that GPs have a very strong voice in the GP Forward View across England. Having evidence of developments at a local level will give the college an authoritative voice with which to comment on progress overall of the Forward View.

The college supports the vision set out in the GP Forward View on the basis that we believe it represents a viable package of investment and support in line with what we called for in our Put patients first: Back general practice campaign. But there is still a great deal of detail to be decided in terms of how the GPFV will be implemented, particularly at a local level, and we believe there must be a strong local voice for general practice in these discussions.

Our priority is now to ensure the effective implementation of the GP Forward View for a robust general practice in the future and hold NHS England to account through our role on a newly-created Advisory Oversight Group and by publishing an annual assessment of progress against the ambitious plans. The role of the RCGP ambassadors will be essential in informing this.

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  • Maureen - what is your problem?

    why cant you see that you are so out of touch as an organisation that it beggars belief.

    GP-land is struggling, and needs investment now - instead of finding 'ambassadors' just get the word out there that we are overworked and need less work NOW.

    You must be really proud of yourself - 'Never been a better time to be a GP' and now this !

    Who exactly is it, that you work for?

    My understanding is that you are supposed to be a leader of our profession - yet you know nothing of the pressure we are under and fail to recognise what everyone around you is saying - that we cannot do this any more.

    Please explain WHY the college feels it is the right way forward? how many of these college members stand to benefit from such changes and have vested interests?

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  • It is the NHS that is killing what we understand as General Practice. Rather than colluding with it's destruction, perhaps the College could help with an escape plan?

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  • That's rather like saying the SS didn't promote Nazism, they just followed orders. If your stooges are doing it to us Maureen, that's even worse than encouraging us to like someone else doing it to us.

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  • "The college supports the vision set out in the GP Forward View on the basis that we believe it represents a viable package of investment and support in line"

    Oh Maureen, the fact that you believe that is what demonstrates the RCGP has no idea what is going on in general practice today.

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  • But we didn't need 108 proposals: we needed one proposal - to restore core funding to 2004 levels, adjusted for the increase in workload over the last 12 years, and to do it in this financial year before General Practice collapses.

    Demand has increased, workload has increased, and resources to deliver the service have actually declined significantly - all of which has left the service on the brink of collapse, and so people are leaving and practices are handing back their contracts. A steady trickle is rapidly turning into a stream. No-one wants to be a GP now because the terms and conditions we work under are so poor.

    This GPFV doesn't offer us a solution because it offers us little bits of help at some unspecified point in the future and with heavy strings attached.

    The solution to the workforce crisis is actually very simple: resource general practice properly so that we can deliver a safe service and terms and conditions that people actually want to work under.

    Every other approach is simply ignoring the reality of everyday General Practice - and colluding with a political agenda to turn General Practice and the NHS into something different.

    To be clear, I am not against transformation or evolution of services (which I think is necessary to save the NHS), but I think this can only occur by building on the strong foundations of well-resourced General Practice.

    This doesn't provide that, and Maureen and the RCGP seem to have spectacularly missed the point.

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