National Association for Patient Participation

Winter Pressures

07 February 2018

The RCGP has been hard at work over the winter for our members and for patients. With Winter Pressures at the forefront of every debate we have been influencing politicians in the Lords and the Commons on behalf of general practice.

Following a meeting with our Chair of Council Conservative MP Craig Tracey called for an urgent debate on the pressures facing general practice, after receiving a briefing from us. You can watch the video here.

“Given the challenges NHS services regularly face during the winter, and the excellent cost-effective contribution that local GP surgeries can make in easing pressure at accident and emergency departments in particular, may we have an urgent debate on the support the Government can give to ensure that GPs surgeries are fully equipped to give the required primary care?”

Conservative Whip Paul Maynard responded:

“My hon. Friend makes an important point about how we need to ensure that we manage rising demand, with 2.9 million more attendances at A&E since 2010. Clearly, we have a dynamically changing healthcare demand pattern, so it is important that we do all we can in our local communities to manage that demand better. GPs have a key role to play in that, and he makes an important point that I hope can be added to further in this Chamber.”

During a number of debates on Winter Pressures there was a lot of focus on hospital admissions and MPs personal experiences over the winter.

We are continuing to push for a higher profile for general practice in these debates. As well as lobbying MPs and Lords individually on this subject. Elsewhere we are looking to ease pressures on the NHS throughout the year with our #3beforeGP campaign.

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