Modern general practice faces considerable challenges. From overflowing waiting lists, to mountains of bureaucracy, to simply not enough GPs, the profession is battling for patients on all fronts.
Ahead of the vote on 8 June we have launched our own election manifesto based on our experience as doctors on the frontline of general practice. Six Steps for Safer General Practice sets out the essential demands that the new Government, whatever its persuasion, will need to deliver to protect the future of the family doctor service for patients.
We are calling for:
- Delivery of the GP Forward View in England, including investment of an additional £2.4bn per year in general practice by 2020;
- At least 5,000 more full-time equivalent GPs by 2020, with more medical students choosing general practice as a career and improved support to retain GPs already working in general practice;
- Guaranteed status for EU healthcare professionals already working in the UK – and for it to be made as easy as possible for doctors from the EU to move to and work in the UK;
- An extension of GP specialty training from three to four years to reflect the increasingly complex health needs of patients in primary care;
- Long-term measures to bring down the rising costs of medical indemnity insurance that GPs, unlike hospital doctors, must meet themselves; and
- The introduction of a national ‘return to practice’ scheme to recruit more general practice nurses, alongside increased numbers of pharmacists and mental health therapists in GP surgeries.
Read our manifesto for England here [PDF] We will be publishing manifestos for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland later in the week.