National Association for Patient Participation

WALES Timetable for action launched

18 October 2016

In Wales, we’ve launched our new action plan: Transform General Practice. This document lays out the progress we need to see in Wales from today’s Draft Budget onwards to stabilise general practice for patients.

As campaign supporters will already know, years of chronic under-investment has meant that GPs in Wales are facing a perfect storm of increased demand, burgeoning workloads and a shrinking workforce.

Transform General Practice calls for an extra £297m for general practice by 2021/22, based on 15/16 figures, to help recruit 500 more GPs, more nurses and paramedics to work in primary care and greater use of technology to enhance patient care.

Dr Rebecca Payne, Chair of RCGP Wales, said: ‘Today we are launching Transform, our roadmap for ensuring the survival of general practice in Wales. We have laid out clear plans that will make the difference we need, along with a time frame for beginning the delivery of these important actions over the next twelve months.

‘There is an urgent need to invest, to embark on an ambitious recruitment campaign, including increasing the places for GP training here in Wales to 200 per year, and addressing urgently the number of professionals in the wider primary care team, such as nurses and paramedics. To ensure we are able to continue to provide the very best service for our patients, I urge the Welsh government to grasp this opportunity to secure a strong, safe and sustainable future for general practice in Wales.’

Click to download versions of Transform in Welsh and English.

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