Investment in general practice is the key to better care for children

Publication date: 19 June 2013

Responding to a survey by the charity Action for Sick Children, RCGP Chair Dr Clare Gerada said:

"Action for Sick Children is an excellent charity with 50 years experience of working with children, parents, and health professionals. We can trust their work and we take the recommendations in this report very seriously, particularly on appointment times, listening more and being better informed.

"Over 2000 parents across many diverse communities were surveyed and it is gratifying that the majority of parents still turn to their GP as the first port of call and that they maintain high levels of trust in their GP.

"What most people do not realise is that GPs receive only 9% of the NHS budget for doing 90% of the work. We have serious workload pressures - with GPs now routinely having up to 60 patient contacts per day – and we need major and urgent investment in general practice so that we can do more for our young patients and their families in communities.

"The RCGP is also campaigning to extend GP training from three to four years, with a particular focus on child health and mental health. A quarter of a GP’s patients are under 19 years of age – yet only half of our trainee GPs currently get the opportunity to undertake a specialist paediatric placement during their training.

"We hope that this report will add further weight to our case."

ENDS

The survey can be found online at http://www.actionforsickchildren.org/survey.htm

Further Information

RCGP Press office: 020 3188 7574/7575/7581
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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