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Family commitments must not be a barrier for GPs returning to the workforce, says RCGP

24 July 2020

Responding to news from NHS England of changes to the Induction and Refresher scheme, Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “The GP workforce has been in dire straits for several years, with numbers of full-time equivalent GPs falling, while workload has escalated.


Flu vaccination programme expansion ‘sensible’ but GPs need assurance about supply, says RCGP

24 July 2020

Responding to the Government’s announcement of an expansion to the annual flu vaccination programme, Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “The flu jab is the best protection we have against influenza and it is essential that as many people in at-risk groups – for example, older people, pregnant women and people with long term conditions or learning difficulties - get their vaccination when the season begins later in the year.


General practice must be central to NHS spending plans during pandemic recovery

20 July 2020

In response to the prime minister’s pledge of an additional £3 billion of funding to help the NHS prepare for a potential second wave of COVID-19, Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “Today’s announcement is a welcome step in the right direction to help support general practice and all other sectors of the NHS, as they inevitably manage a huge amount of additional pressure and challenges, as a result of COVID-19, particularly as we approach our busy winter period.


'GP recruitment figures 'excellent' but we mustn't take our eye off the ball on building the workforce, says College'

20 July 2020

Responding to figures released by Health Education England (HEE) today Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "These figures show that GP trainee numbers have risen by 15% compared to last year, putting the government on track to meet its goal of 3,500 trainee GPs entering the profession in 2020. This is excellent news and an important step in addressing the general practice workforce crisis.


RCGP ‘strongly encourages’ patients to wear face coverings when attending GP surgeries

20 July 2020

Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "Broadly speaking, the College is supportive of face coverings being mandatory in enclosed public spaces, where social distancing is difficult, such as public transport and shops. We would also strongly encourage patients to wear face coverings if they attend their GP surgery to help minimise potential spread of COVID-19 and maximise the safety of practice staff and other patients.


Providing mask exemption notes ‘not a good use of GPs’ time’, says RCGP

19 July 2020

Responding to reports that GPs are being asked to provide notes to exempt patients from wearing face coverings, Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "The College is, on balance, supportive of face coverings being mandatory in enclosed spaces, such as shops and public transport. However, we need to see clear guidance about the reasons that people might be exempt from wearing masks, and how they are expected to prove this, if challenged.


Comprehensive plans to deal with winter pressures and potential COVID-19 second wave ‘vital’, says College

14 July 2020

Responding to the Academy of Medical Sciences' report Preparing for a challenging winter, Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “Winter is always a busy time for general practice, as it is across the NHS, as GPs and our teams deal with many patients suffering from flu and other common winter illnesses in the community. A second wave of COVID-19, on top of these challenges, would put the NHS under considerable pressure, so it’s sensible to look at potential worst case scenarios, as this report does, so that we can plan and put mitigating measures in place.


Improving medical pathways for acute care

13 July 2020

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM), Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) have made recommendations for the immediate transformation of the urgent and emergency care pathway.


NHS GP patient survey results are testament to the incredible job that GPs are doing despite difficult circumstances, says RCGP

13 July 2020

Responding to NHS England’s GP Patient Survey Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “The GP Patient Survey shows that 95% of patients had trust and confidence in the last GP or allied health professional they saw with 94% reporting that their needs were met in their last appointment. This is reassuring and a testament to the incredible jobs that GPs and their teams are doing under difficult circumstances.


RCGP responds to Daily Telegraph article criticising the NHS’ handling of COVID-19 pandemic

09 July 2020

Contrary to Allison Pearson’s criticism of the NHS for its handling of COVID-19, GPs have certainly not been ‘lazy and doing almost nothing’. GPs and their teams have been working incredibly hard, often at risk to their own health, to ensure patients receive good, safe care throughout the pandemic.

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