RCGP Wales says it's time to 'move the dial of the health service in favour of general practice', in line with previous statement from the new First Minister

Publication date: 12 December 2018

Responding to the election of Mark Drakeford AM as the new First Minister for Wales, RCGP Wales has called on him to 'move the dial of the health service in favour of general practice'. The First Minister previously made this statement in the Welsh Assembly.

Responding to the election of Mark Drakeford AM as the new First Minister for Wales, RCGP Wales has called on him to 'move the dial of the health service in favour of general practice'. The First Minister previously made this statement in the Welsh Assembly.

The College has said its recent 'Transforming general practice' report should form the basis of a "much-needed package of support for general practice".

Dr Peter Saul, Royal College of General Practitioners Wales Joint Chair, said:

"The new First Minister has previously spoken of the need to 'move the dial of the health service in favour of general practice'. We look forward to him setting a strong direction as First Minister to make this a reality.

"Last week the College published 'Transforming general practice: Building a profession fit for the future'. This report was informed by our member's experiences and presents a snapshot of general practice in 2018, shining a spotlight on high levels of stress, concern about the future, and worry about financial sustainability within the profession.

"We also made a number of recommendations, which should form the basis of a much-needed package of support for general practice. The College looks forward to working constructively with the First Minister and the Welsh Government to put general practice on a stable footing."

Further Information

Louis Urruty
RCGP Wales Policy and Public Affairs Officer
0203 188 7767 / 07341 737 034

Notes to editor

  1. The Royal College of GPs Wales represents a network of around 2,000 GPs, aiming 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 resources, education, training, research and clinical standards.
  2. Speaking as Cabinet Secretary for Finance in a Welsh Assembly debate on 5 December 2017, Mark Drakeford AM spoke of the need for the Welsh Government to 'move the dial of the health service in favour of general practice'. The comments can be found at the National Assembly for Wales website
  3. Transforming general practice: Building a profession fit for the future [PDF] was published last week.
  4. In 2016/17 Welsh general practice received 7.30% of the NHS budget. Across the United Kingdom it received 8.88%.

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