All-year NHS pressures 'no surprise' to hard-working GPs, says RCGP

Publication date: 07 November 2018

Responding to new analysis by the British Medical Association, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "This analysis showing that the NHS is facing unprecedented year-round pressures will come as no surprise to hardworking GPs across the country.

"GPs and our teams make the vast majority of NHS patient contacts – more than 1million patients across the country, every day. Our service is the lifeblood of the NHS and without it, other sectors would crumble under patient demand.

"Our emergency care colleagues are, as this analysis highlights, operating under enormous strains, but it is important to remember that GPs are also on the frontline of patient care and our profession - and our patients - are facing the impact of these pressures on a daily basis.

"Health Secretary Matt Hancock, has said that preventing people from getting ill in the first place should be central to how the NHS works, but first of all we need a well-funded and well-equipped primary care system. This will alleviate pressures across the NHS and allow us to deliver care in the community where it is more cost-effective, and where our patients want it most.

"That's why we need to see the delivery of NHS England's GP Forward View, which promises an extra 5,000 GPs and an extra £2.4bn a year for general practice, as well as our additional ask of another £2.5bn a year as part of the forthcoming NHS long term plan, to ensure our health service remains sustainable, across all sectors, both now and in the future."

Further Information

RCGP Press office: 020 3188 7633/7574/7575
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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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