National Association for Patient Participation

Campaign

General practice is struggling with challenges that make life harder for GPs and which affect patient care: from mountains of bureaucracy to workforce shortages. There are simply not enough GPs to keep up with the workload and the profession is need of investment.

The election may be over but the fight is still on to have the government invest more in general practice to protect standards for doctors, practice staff and patients. At short notice we had an unprecedented and engaging campaign during the election with letters sent to Parliamentary candidates, commitments made by major parties in their manifestos and candidates actively contacting the college to express their support.

With this momentum, the time to press on is now. The Conservatives have formed a government. During the election, they pledged to bring forward a solution for rising indemnity payments and to protect the rights of healthcare workers from the EU. But how will they address the other urgent needs of general practice?

The fight is on to secure a better deal for patients and general practice, we must hold the government and the Health Secretary to their promises, because, as our Chair Helen Stokes-Lampard says: ‘when general practice thrives, the NHS survives.’

 We can’t do this without you, our members and supporters, if you haven’t already please write to your MP about general practice.

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