RCGP response to NHS England engagement exercise 'Improving general practice - a call to action'

Publication date: 14 August 2013

RCGP Chair, Dr Clare Gerada, said: "This is a much-needed and long overdue opportunity to look at general practice from the inside out and come up with practical solutions for how GPs and commissioners can improve the care they deliver to patients in the future.

"It is very encouraging to see that the strengths of general practice and its position at the centre of the NHS are so readily acknowledged and that GPs, other clinicians and patients in their communities will have such a strong influence in the engagement process and the results it produces.

"We are also pleased that Dr Mike Bewick - a GP and Fellow of our College - is playing a lead role in this. As a GP, he is well aware of the challenges and ever-increasing pressures we are facing as we try to do the best we can for our patients, with dwindling budgets and resources.

"General practice carries out 90% of patient contacts in the NHS, yet receives only 9% of NHS funding. According to the RCGP's recent survey, some GPs are routinely making up to 60 patient contacts in the space of a single day; 85% of GPs think that the profession is in crisis and nearly half are concerned that they can no longer guarantee safe patient care.

"The College's own 10-year vision for the future of primary care The 2022 GP already sets out many of the solutions we need to support and strengthen general practice for the future.

“We hope that NHS England will help us turn our aspirations for patient care into a reality and that we can work together to bring about major investment in general practice - including 10,000 more doctors -  so that GPs can do even more for their patients in their communities."

ENDS

Further Information

RCGP Press office - 020 3188 7574/7575
Out of hours: 0203 188 7659
press@rcgp.org.uk

Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 46,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.

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