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GP morale at ‘rock bottom’, MPs told ahead of health and care reforms


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The wellbeing of GPs must be prioritised in future NHS reforms, GP leaders have told MPs scrutinising plans for upcoming health and care reforms.

RCGP chair Professor Martin Marshall told the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee hearing that GPs are not even talking about the upcoming Health and Social Care Bill because their ‘pressing issue’ is their own mental health.

The BMA, which also presented evidence to the committee, said the Bill was ‘the wrong bill at the wrong time’, with clinicians unable to ‘engage’ due to the ongoing pandemic.

Professor Marshall told MPs: ‘Morale in general practices is at rock bottom, we read about it in the newspapers every day, surveys we have conducted show 60% of GPs have seen their mental health deteriorate significantly in the last year’.

And Professor Marshall said that because of the pressing issue of mental health in general practice staff, ‘if you speak to GPs, nobody is talking about the bill’. 

Meanwhile, BMA council chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul said it is ‘hard to grasp the scale’ of the care backlog in the NHS and that the ‘changes have occurred when the profession has not been able to engage’ in inputting their views.

The new Health and Care Bill, which includes powers to remove CCGs and replace them with new integrated care systems (ICSs), was been brought to Parliament in the next step towards becoming law in July.

The proposals, first published in a white paper in February, will see ICSs placed on a statutory footing so they become responsible for commissioning and bringing together local NHS and local government services, such as those covering social care and mental health.

Two statutory bodies, an integrated care board and an integrated care partnership, will be formed – with only one GP being required on the board, according to NHS England guidance.

READERS' COMMENTS [5]

David Banner 10 September, 2021 9:05 pm

This year we hit rock bottom.
Next year we start drilling.

Decorum Est 11 September, 2021 11:22 am

How far will we have to drill before coming to the fundamental problem?

Turn out The Lights 11 September, 2021 3:00 pm

GPS are undertaking the worst form of strike.Without effective union representation and other leaders not listen or representing the front line the life blood is slowly ebbing away.Through retirement portfolio working etc.Soon there will be no status quo for the establishment to paper over the ever widening cracks.

Patrufini Duffy 13 September, 2021 3:43 pm

You’re probably the only GPs in the world doing trivial 25 point-asthma questionnaires and coding mundane diabetic foot checks in those with a Hba1c of 49, During a PANDEMIC.
Yes 252,011 got infected (minimum) and 977 died last week. Blah, blah, blah – no plan, is the Tory plan, keep the Wireless Festival and Footy packed up – and you keep coding smoking cessation advice, In a PANDEMIC. But, careful, there MIGHT be a third wave? You’re in the wave you id***s.
They call it “LoL”.

Kevlar Cardie 14 September, 2021 5:38 pm

When one finally realises that psychopaths are in charge, then everything that is happening starts to make sense.