GP pressures being faced UK-wide and must continue to be addressed, says RCGP

23 April 2018

Responding to an investigation by BBC Radio 4's flagship Today programme into pressures facing general practice in Plymouth, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "When GP surgeries are closing their doors to patients because they simply cannot cope with increasing demand, or because they are finding it too difficult to recruit new GPs, then it is profoundly concerning, and can have a terrible impact on both patient care and neighbouring surgeries.

Young women should be reassured to feel comfortable speaking to their GP about periods, says College

23 April 2018

Commenting on Plan International UK’s study which found nearly 80 per cent of girls have been concerned about symptoms related to their period but haven't seen a health professional, Prof Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs and a GP with long term interest in women's health said:

More research and joined-up care needed to tackle multimorbidity challenge says College

19 April 2018

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "It's testament to the NHS that more of our patients are now living longer, but with an ageing population also comes more complex, chronic illnesses, and GPs are certainly seeing more of this every day on the front line. The College's own analysis has shown that the number of people living with more than one serious, long-term condition in the UK will increase by nearly 1million to 9.1million by 2025.

RCGP Wales calls for urgent increase in general practice funding

17 April 2018

RCGP Wales has called on the Welsh Government to urgently increase funding for general practice as RCGP analysis reveals that Welsh general practice received 7.30% of Welsh NHS spend in 2016-17, the lowest percentage spend in the UK.

GP patient data must not be treated like the Yellow Pages, demands College

15 April 2018

Responding to the Health Select Committee's report into the Memorandum of Understanding on data-sharing between NHS Digital and the Home Office, published today [Sunday 15 April], Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said:

Patient frustration with appointment delays in Wales shows need to tackle underinvestment and workforce shortages in general practice

13 April 2018

A survey commissioned by the Welsh Government has said that 21% of patients found it 'very difficult' to book an appointment with a GP in 2016/17.

New evidence on weight loss and cancer should be considered in clinical guidelines, says College

10 April 2018

Commenting on a new British Journal of General Practice study on weight loss and cancer, Clinical Lead for Cancer at the Royal College of GPs, Dr Richard Roope said: "GPs will always be vigilant when presented with any symptom that could indicate cancer, including unexplained weight loss, whilst recognising that this could be a symptom of many other, more common conditions.

'Bureaucracy getting in the way of common sense' - RCGP verdict on GP trainee facing deportation

09 April 2018

Responding to reports that GP trainee Dr Luke Ong is facing deportation due to a delay in his visa process, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "The NHS is severely short of GPs – we simply don't have enough to go around, and our patients are waiting longer for appointments as a result.

College takes the lead in advising patients on online consultation safety

09 April 2018

The Royal College of GPs has published a list of questions for patients, GPs and commissioners to consider before using or utilising online general practice services.

Tax on sugary drinks a positive move forward in tackling obesity epidemic, says College

06 April 2018

Commenting on the tax on sugary drinks that comes into effect today [Friday 6 April], Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said:

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