RCGP response to GP Taskforce report

Publication date: 22 July 2014

College welcomes recommendation to get qualified GPs back into the profession

RCGP spokesperson Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard said:

"This report is a huge wake up call for anyone who ever doubted that general practice is teetering on the edge of collapse due to the growing workforce crisis in general practice.

“Family doctors in practices across the country are sinking under the weight of unprecedented workloads as patient demand soars, and the number of GPs in the workforce fails to keep pace.

“Waiting times are going through the roof and GPs are increasingly concerned that they miss something serious in a patient as they are compelled to carry out more and more consultations each day, with the majority carrying out between 40-60 consultations per day.

“We particularly welcome the recommendations making it easier for qualified GPs to return to the profession and for a funded retainer scheme to recruit doctors to areas where there are particular shortages, both of which the College has been calling for a long time.

“Any move to promote general practice as a career is also a very positive step.

“The report shows why we need to urgently increase investment into general practice – to 11% of the NHS budget by 2017 – so that we can recruit more GPs and create more and longer appointments to ensure that our patients receive the care they need and deserve, now and in the future.

“It is imperative that Ministers and HEE take urgent action and publicly commit to turning these recommendations into a reality, for the sake of our patients and the NHS.”

Further Information

RCGP Press office: 020 3188 7574/7575/7581
Out of hours: 0203 188 7659

Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 50,000 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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