NHS England and the Government have promised to set out a proposed ‘package of support’ for GPs this week, according to the BMA.
The ‘firm proposals’ will focus on tackling GP workload, abuse and low morale, it told GPs.
NHS England previously revealed that additional GP Covid funding is ‘to be confirmed’ and that GPs will be funded to support the delivery of pre-pandemic levels of appointments, including face-to-face-care.
It comes as BMA GP committee chair Dr Richard Vautrey and health secretary Sajid Javid last month held an ‘emergency’ meeting about the abuse currently being suffered by GPs.
It followed BMA lobbying of the Government for clear public support for GPs, urgent investment into primary care, the removal of unnecessary bureaucracy and legislation to protect GPs and practice staff against abuse.
In an email bulletin sent to GPs last week, the BMA’s GP Committee said: ‘In the last few days, we’ve had discussions with officials from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NHSE/I on these key asks, but there remains an urgency to deliver them.
‘They have confirmed they will return to us next week with some firm proposals for a package of support for general practice focused on quickly tackling abuse/aggression, low morale and an unmanageable workload.’
NHS England and the DHSC did not respond to a Pulse request for more information on the support package, including whether it would include additional funding for GPs.
The bulletin added that the BMA has again written to the health secretary reiterating its demands and urging Sajid Javid to make a ‘commitment to work with the BMA on a national campaign to stop the abuse of NHS staff’.
Last week, the BMA launched a survey into general practice’s response to the current abuse and workload crises, asking whether GPs would consider leaving the NHS or handing in undated resignations among other actions.
Meanwhile, new NHS Digital data has shown that GP practices in England saw five million more patients in August this year compared to the same month last year.
The BMA recently launched a public campaign to rally support for GP practices, including increased Government investment.