Practices must be supported regardless of type and size, says College

Publication date: 02 August 2018

Responding to comments reported in Pulse magazine, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "As a College we represent more than 52,000 members, some of whom work in single-handed or smaller practices, others in larger practices, and others in federations of practices or 'super practices'.

"We know that many smaller practices provide care that is highly rated by patients, and research has shown that they can be particularly good at delivering continuity of care, which patients and GP teams value greatly. However, we also recognise the benefits of large-scale working in general practice, such as the ability to pool resources in the best interest of patient care.

"Far from celebrating the closure of small practices, decision-makers should focus on how to best support GPs practising in surgeries of any type and size, and how we can retain the qualities that we know our patients value greatly in smaller practices and replicate them across general practice as a whole.

"Many of our members will have deemed Dr Madan's reported comments out of touch and unhelpful given the intense resource and workforce pressures, under which they are currently working. We are pleased that he has since issued a clarification recognising that smaller practices are often the cornerstone of many communities and assuring GPs of NHS England's desire to support all practices."

Further Information

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Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 52,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.

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