Policy Watch

RCGP Policy Watch
Friday 17th April 2015

The Labour Party Manifesto 2015 (Labour)

A Labour government would guarantee that people get a GP appointment within 48 hours, and on the same day for those that need it, according to Labour’s manifesto. The party also said it would fund 8,000 more GPs, and provide training and support to spot the early signs of cancer.

The Conservative Party Manifesto 2015 (Conservatives)

In their manifesto, the Conservative Party have committed to ensuring people can see a GP 7 days a week by 2020, with a guarantee that everyone over 75 will get a same-day appointment if they need one. They have also pledged to restore the right to access a named GP.

The Liberal Democrat Manifesto 2015 (Liberal Democrats)

The Liberal Democrats have announced a series of measures in their manifesto which would affect GPs, including expanding surgery opening times, encouraging GPs to work in disadvantaged areas through the Patient Premium and supporting new joined up services.

A third of GPs considering retirement as BMA survey of 15,000 GPs calls into question politicians’ pledges on GP recruitment (BMA)

A third of GPs are considering retiring from general practice within the next five years according to the latest figures from the BMA’s survey of 15,560 GPs. The results call into question the feasibility of election pledges in recent manifesto announcements from political parties promising to dramatically increase the number of GPs in the next Parliament.

Almost a fifth of women with breast cancer wait more than a month to see their GP about a breast symptom (Breast Cancer Care)

Nearly a fifth (17%) of women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer after spotting a potential symptom wait over a month before seeing their GP, equating to an estimated 6,000 women every year in the UK, according to calculations based on new YouGov figures released from Breast Cancer Care.

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