£100million fund is an opportunity to invest in general practice and help patients receive high quality care close to their homes – RCGP Wales

Publication date: 08 February 2018

The Royal College of General Practitioners (Wales) has welcomed the Welsh Government's announcement of further details of a £100million fund for the Welsh NHS, which provides an opportunity to invest in general practice and help patients receive high quality care close to their homes.

The Royal College of General Practitioners (Wales) has welcomed the Welsh Government's announcement of further details of a £100million fund for the Welsh NHS, which provides an opportunity to invest in general practice and help patients receive high quality care close to their homes.

The fund is split across two years, with £50million available in 2018/19 and £50million available in 2019/20.

Dr Rebecca Payne, Chair of RCGP Wales, said:

"We welcome the continued emphasis on building primary care services and providing care closer to home. Supporting general practice is key to this and we hope specific investment in this area will be forthcoming. General practice’s share of NHS spend has been decreasing and this is an opportunity to begin to redress this.

"An increase in GP training places to 200 a year would boost the workforce and help ensure patients get convenient appointments. A sustainable solution on indemnity would let GPs spend more time treating patients. Funding and training to facilitate GPs and other healthcare professionals working together will help deliver a primary care system to meet today's challenges.

"It will also be necessary to provide extensive financial support to practices coping with the upcoming change in IT systems.

"This funding provides an opportunity to help patients receive high quality healthcare closer to their home, and we hope it is taken."

Further Information

Louis Urruty
RCGP Wales Policy and Public Affairs Officer
0203 188 7767

Notes to editor

The Royal College of GPs Wales represents a network of around 2,000 GPs, aiming 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 resources, education, training, research and clinical standards.

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