Statement on the National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan Part 3 – Improving workforce planning for primary care in Scotland

30 April 2018

Dr Carey Lunan, Chair of RCGP Scotland, said:

"It is clear there is a difficult and complex task facing primary care and those designing the workforce plan. We welcome the Scottish Government's aim to deliver an additional 800 GPs by 2027 but the Government must recognise that many of these GPs will choose to work part-time, and our own research has shown an increase of 856 full-time GPs is needed by 2021.

New research on the impact of climate change on health a 'stark warning', says RCGP

27 April 2018

Commenting on the Lancet Countdown's report on air pollution and the health benefits of the UK's Climate Change Act, published in The Lancet Planetary Health, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "Climate change is a clear risk to the health and wellbeing of the British population.

Welsh GP workforce lowest in decade: urgent action needed to tackle the shortage

26 April 2018

RCGP Wales has responded to findings that between 2016 and 2017 the number of GPs working in Wales has fallen.

Migrants who made the NHS: College pays tribute to GPs who served patients - and the profession - during difficult times in the history of general practice

26 April 2018

The central role played by South Asian doctors in British general practice and the wider NHS is explored in a new exhibition at the Royal College of GPs that coincides with the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the National Health Service.

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.

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