Policy Watch

RCGP Policy Watch
30 January 2015

Ed Miliband speech on the NHS (Labour)

In a speech on the NHS, Labour leader Ed Miliband outlined plans to hire 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more GPs and 5,000 extra care workers if elected in May. He claimed that the Conservative party has the wrong values for the NHS and stated that the Labour party is the only party to make sure the NHS overcomes its current challenges. Further details of the Labour party’s NHS plans were outlined in a speech by Andy Burnham.

£10 million investment boost to expand general practice workforce (NHS England)

NHS England has announced a £10 million investment into the expansion of the general practice workforce. The funding will be used to put into action a ten point plan. The plan outlines a range of initiatives, which includes recruiting new doctors to become GPs, persuading GPs who are considering a career break or retiring to remain working part-time and encouraging doctors to return to general practice.

Health Education England leads primary care workforce development (HEE)

Health Education England has outlined how it is at the forefront of primary care workforce development. HEE notes that it has increased the number of GP training places, collaborated with RCGP on a GP marketing campaign and runs an induction and returner scheme to allow experienced GPs to return to work.

New research highlights concerns about the future role of GPs in commissioning healthcare (Nuffield Trust)

Research from the Nuffield Trust and King’s Fund argues Clinical Commissioning Groups risk becoming unstainable because of changes to primary care commissioning, a lack of engagement by GPs and cuts to their budgets. The report ‘Risk or Reward?’ noted that, despite positive feedback on the role of CCGs by GPs and CCG leaders, the reality is one of strained relationships and conflicts of interests between GPs and CCGs.

Public satisfaction with the NHS at second highest level ever, shows research for latest British Social Attitudes survey (King’s Fund)

The 2014 British Social Attitudes survey found that public satisfaction with the NHS has risen to its second highest level ever, with 65 per cent of those surveyed stating they were satisfied and 15 per cent rating dissatisfaction. GP services were rated the most popular service in the NHS, but found its rating fall to its lowest ever at 71 per cent, while dentists remained the lowest satisfied service at 54 per cent.  

Launch of information prescriptions (Diabetes UK)

A new scheme launched by Diabetes UK, the NHS and private providers will see the introduction of ‘information prescriptions’ for any patients who are not keeping their diabetes under control. This simple, personal, one page action plan will be issued by GPs and aims to provide patients with the correct information they need to maintain their health.

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