RCGP welcomes appointment of minister with responsibility for tackling loneliness

Publication date: 17 January 2018

Responding to the Prime Minister's announcement that Tracey Crouch has been given ministerial responsibility for addressing loneliness and social isolation, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said:

"Loneliness and social isolation can be as bad for our patients' health as a chronic long-term condition. This was my message when I addressed delegates at the College's Annual Conference last year – and we welcome these steps that the government is taking to help tackle this very real issue.

"GPs see many elderly patients who have multiple, long-term health problems like diabetes and hypertension, but in some cases the underlying reason behind visiting their GP isn't medical – they're lonely.

"And loneliness is not exclusive to the elderly, it is something that can have a serious negative impact on the health and wellbeing of anyone; particularly carers, young disabled adults, and those who have lost loved ones.

"We hope the creation of a ministerial lead for loneliness and social isolation will help provide solutions for the millions of lonely and socially isolated patients we see in general practice – and those we don't – and bring about the change we need to see for people of all ages, backgrounds, and communities across the UK."

Further Information

RCGP Press office: 020 3188 7574/7575/7633/7410
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 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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