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Flexible working helps GP workforce, says RCGP

17 August 2018

Responding to a survey of GP trainees' career plans, published today by the King's Fund, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "We have a record number of doctors in GP training and the moment, and that is brilliant – they are the future of the profession, and are already making a vital contribution to patient care.


Better information sharing needed when patients are discharged from hospital, says RCGP Wales

15 August 2018

RCGP Wales has responded to the publication of the Health Inspectorate Wales report on patient discharge from hospital to general practice. The College has recognised frustration around communication and stressed the need for GPs to have the right information, sent in the right way.


Dr Bawa-Garba case: RCGP response

13 August 2018

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the RCGP, said:

"This has been a tragic case for all concerned. Now that today's judgement has been made, we must focus on the future and the lessons that must be learned to prevent similar incidents ever happening again.


GP Patient Survey results 'testament to the great efforts' of practice teams, says RCGP

09 August 2018

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "Hardworking GPs and our teams will be so encouraged to hear that despite the extreme resource and workforce pressures they are working under, 95.6% of patients have confidence and trust in the healthcare professional they saw.


Radical overhaul of GP Forward View - and billions more investment - needed to protect general practice and patient safety, says RCGP

07 August 2018

The GP Forward View – launched by NHS England as a 'lifeline' for general practice two years ago – needs a major overhaul and a substantial cash injection of an extra £2.5bn a year on top of the funding already pledged, to protect patient safety and guarantee the future of the family doctor service, says the Royal College of GPs today.


Companies using legal loopholes to bypass inspection 'putting patient safety at risk', says RCGP

06 August 2018

Commenting on a BBC Panorama investigation into websites providing primary care services, due to be broadcast this evening, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "It's deeply concerning to hear reports of patients buying prescription medication from unverified online providers with minimal security checks, or from websites whereby the prescribers involved don't have access to their full medical records when prescribing potentially dangerous medications.


College welcomes new plans for organ and tissue donation in England

05 August 2018

Responding to a new system of consent for organ and tissue donation in England, announced by the Department of Health and Social Care today, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said:


Urgent action needed to turn around unsustainable out of hours services, says RCGP Wales

02 August 2018

The Welsh Government and local health boards must take five 'essential and achievable steps' to turn around GP out of hours services care in Wales, so patients can receive high quality care when they need it, RCGP Wales has said today.


Practices must be supported regardless of type and size, says College

02 August 2018

Responding to comments reported in Pulse magazine, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "As a College we represent more than 52,000 members, some of whom work in single-handed or smaller practices, others in larger practices, and others in federations of practices or 'super practices'.


Access to additional GP services must be tailored to local patient need not to meet targets

30 July 2018

In response to the BBC report on GP access, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "General practice is facing intense resource and workforce pressures at the moment – our workload has increased exponentially in terms of volume and complexity, but the share of the NHS budget we receive is less than it was a decade ago, and GP numbers are actually decreasing.

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