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 in England only receives a little over per 8% 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 government to increase funding for general practice from an historic low of 8.39% to 11% of the UK NHS budget and provide 8,000 more FTE GPs across the UK by 2020.
UPDATE: In response to the Put Patients First campaign in England, NHS England has published The General Practice 'Forward View', a document laying out significant changes to protect quality in general practice for patients and GPs. Up to 10.7% of the NHS national budget will be going to general practice by 2020, and 5,000 more doctors have been promised. Take a look at the summary infographic below, or read the full document here.