GPs always 'at the forefront of innovation' in the NHS' says College

Publication date: 07 June 2018

Responding to the King's Fund's 'Innovative models of general practice' report, launched today, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said:

"Workload in general practice has increased exponentially over recent years, both in terms of volume and complexity, yet the share of the NHS budget we receive is less than it was a decade ago, and GP numbers are decreasing.

"GPs and our teams have always been at the forefront of innovation in the NHS. Across the country we are already working differently to retain the key features of our general practice, as highlighted in this report, including continuity of care, a person-centred approach to care and easily accessible care, close to home in the community.

"We know that these are also the things our patients value about general practice, and why GPs are consistently rated amongst the most trusted healthcare professionals in the NHS.

"GPs are certainly not scared of change, but we do need the support and resources to implement change effectively, in the best interests of patient care, and ultimately the wider NHS.

"This report underlines just how important it is that NHS England's GP Forward View, including £2bn extra a year for general practice and 5,000 more GPs by 2020, is delivered in full and as a matter of urgency.

Further Information

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Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 52,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.

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