General practice is facing a crisis. After chronic underinvestment in primary care, GPs are struggling to cater for ballooning numbers of consultations to a growing and ageing population. Despite providing 90% of the NHS’s patient contacts, general practice receives less than 9 per cent of overall NHS funding.
At the same time, GPs are being hit by increased bureaucratic burden, failing infrastructure, and a lack of time to innovate and improve practice.
The Put patients first: Back general practice campaign is calling on the governments of the UK to increase funding for general practice from an historic low of 8.39% to 11% of the UK NHS budget and provide 9540 more FTE GPs across the UK by 2020.