National Association for Patient Participation

WALES Chair gives evidence to Health Committee at National Assembly

16 February 2017

Dr Rebecca Payne, Chair of RCGP Wales, and Dr Isolde Shore-Nye have been giving evidence to the Welsh Assembly’s Health, Social Care and Sport Committee as part of their inquiry into medical recruitment.

Rebecca highlighted some of the pressures which GPs face to Committee members. Every day, GPs see a large volume of patients and deal with many cases which involve complex decision making. Rising workloads and fatigue are a real concern.

We need action to be taken.

At the Assembly, we highlighted possible solutions to the pressures GPs face. Addressing the rising cost and increasingly inflexible terms of GPs’ insurance policies would allow GPs to increase their hours, enabling them to step in and help one another during times of increased strain in the system.

We support the Welsh Government’s drive for more physiotherapists, pharmacists, occupational therapists and others to work in general practice as part of the GP led team. As part of the general practice team these staff help to provide patients with the specialist help they need, within the community. But we need to see some progress towards training more health professionals to support GPs.

We still need 500 more GPs by the end of this Assembly term.

While the Government has already taken positive steps to help ease the issues facing general practice, more needs to be done.

Transform,’ our timetable for action, provides government with a clear roadmap to stabilise general practice.

Over the next few months, we will continue to work with AMs and Government to identify and implement solutions for the issues we face. We will ensure that general practice remains a priority.

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