Policy Watch

RCGP Policy Watch
Friday 25 July

GP Taskforce Report (HEE)

Health Education England has published a report on the state of the GP workforce, concluding that there are serious issues with staffing levels because the GP workforce is currently shrinking. The report ‘Securing the Future GP Workforce’ highlights that there is an unequal distribution of GPs across England, with the amount of GPs per head below the average in deprived area. The report warned that this workforce crisis is coinciding with a large number of GPs retiring in the next 5 years and increased problems accessing GP appointments. 

Friends and family test set for roll out to all NHS services (NHS England)

NHS England has begun the expansion of the friends and family test to all NHS services, which will allow every patient to provide feedback on the services they receive. From December the test will be expanded to GP surgeries, and to mental health and community services from January 2015.

Evaluation of Cervical screening awareness week 2014 (NHS England)

NHS England has launched a consultation on the cervical screening awareness week 2014, which the screening and immunisation team promoted to GP practices.

New FGM measures launched to ‘care, protect, prevent’ (DoH)

The Department of Health has launched the £1.4 million female genital mutilation prevention programme ‘care, protect, prevent’ at the Girl Summit. The programme seeks to improve prevention and care of FGM, and will improve data collection of FGM across the NHS, provide training to frontline staff and clarify the role of health professionals in safeguarding.

Help the Hospices calls on the Government to back innovative new scheme to tackle crisis in care for dying people (Help the Hospices)

Help the Hospices has backed a new programme which will provide an increased choice of palliative care to terminally ill patients and reduce the number of people dying in hospitals by 50,000. The charity is calling on the government to transform palliative care, since 80 per cent of the public would prefer to die at home or in a hospice.

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