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Halt to routine CQC inspections 'sensible' to allow GPs to concentrate on patient care during Covid-10 pandemic

16 March 2020

The RCGP has responded to the news that routine CQC inspections of general practices will be suspended with immediate effect during the Covid-19 pandemic.


GPs must receive 'significant share' of emergency funding to tackle COVID-19, says College Chair

11 March 2020

Responding to the Budget, Professor Martin Marshall said: "We welcome the Government's urgent action to support the NHS in these particularly challenging times – and it is essential that a significant share of the emergency funding is made available for GPs on the frontline of patient care.


Video consultations during Covid-19

10 March 2020

Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "GPs can always be relied on to rally in a crisis and as the situation escalates we will need different and more flexible ways of working to ensure that patients continue to receive the care they need, in the safest way possible.


Reaction to advice from NHS England for GPs

09 March 2020

Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "We're in an ever-changing situation and it is important that everyone in the NHS has clear, concise guidance about what they need to do to keep both themselves and their patients safe. GPs will increasingly be on the frontline of dealing with Covid-19 – and we're already hearing from members that they are seeing more patients who are concerned about the outbreak and what steps they should take to protect themselves and their families.


Reaction to NHSE guidance for primary care

06 March 2020

Dr Steve Mowle, Honorary Treasurer of the Royal College of GPs, said: "The advice from NHS England for GPs is welcome, particularly the confirmation that GP practices in England will start to receive appropriate and necessary protective equipment early next week.


Dismissing 'sin taxes' unhelpful in drive to better public health, says RCGP

06 March 2020

Responding to The King's Fund's briefing on the success of fiscal and regulatory measures for improving health, Dr Gary Howsam, Vice Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said:


Hurried appointments are leaving GPs stressed and dissatisfied, says RCGP

05 March 2020

In response to the Health Foundation's latest report on GP role satisfaction 'Feeling the Strain: What the Commonwealth Fund's 2019 international survey of general practitioners means for the UK' Dr Gary Howsam, Vice Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said:


GP pressures action plan

03 March 2020

Dr Steve Mowle, Honorary Treasurer of the Royal College of GPs, said: "General practice is a profession working under huge resource and workforce pressures. Currently, the impact of Covid-19 doesn't seem to be specifically contributing to this significantly, but as the situation escalates, as it is expected to, we're going to need to have serious conversations about which tasks to prioritise over others and whether there are any we can stop doing temporarily to create capacity to deal with Covid-19.


Advice for patients

02 March 2020

Dr Jonathan Leach, Honorary Secretary of the Royal College of GPs, said: "The most important thing for patients is not to be alarmed. It is still more likely that anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms will have the flu or a bad cold, not Covid-19.


Retired medics

01 March 2020

Dr Jonathan Leach, Honorary Secretary of the Royal College of GPs, said: “It’s encouraging that the Government is exploring different options should the Covid-19 situation intensify, in order to ensure that the NHS and other public services are able to cope.

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