College reaction to Cabinet reshuffle

Publication date: 08 January 2018

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "This is a critical role at a critical time for general practice and the wider NHS and we will continue to work constructively with Jeremy Hunt in his expanded role as Secretary of State for both Health and Social Care in England.

"We support the bringing together of health and social care into the portfolio of one minister as we recognise that what happens to patients in the NHS is profoundly impacted by the state of social care.

"General practice is currently facing intense resource and workforce pressures. Our workload has risen by at least 16% over the last seven years, but the share of the NHS budget our service receives is less than it was a decade ago, and our workforce has not risen at pace with demand.

"GPs and our teams conduct the vast majority of patient contacts in the NHS. We provide the most cost-effective service in the NHS and in doing so we alleviate pressures right across the health service and social care sector, and we keep our patients safe.

"It is essential that the Department of Health and Social Care delivers on its commitment to NHS England's GP Forward View, including the promises of £2.4bn extra a year for general practice and 5,000 more GPs by 2020."

Further Information

RCGP Press office: 020 3188 7574/7575/7633/7410
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Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 52,000 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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