Welcome to the new RCGP blog, where you'll find updates on a range of our activities with posts from RCGP officers, members, staff and guest bloggers.

The climate emergency is a public health emergency

By the time you read this, COP26 - the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow - will have reached the halfway mark. Worryingly, before it even started it seems our expectations were being managed downwards by the assembled world leaders.

The new year is a time to reflect on where we’ve come from, so let me take you back in time

1966 was a glorious year for British general practice. After years of under-investment, low morale and public criticism (sound familiar?) the Family Doctor Charter, supported with massive new investment, ushered in a golden age for general practice which lasted for decades. General Practice continues on the journey started by the Charter – larger in scale; team-based, more structured and more proactive care; better facilities; better integration with other parts of the health and care system.

The health benefits of school attendance

General practitioners know about that regular attendance at school has for children – not just for their scholastic education but also for their mental and social health.

Managing expectations

Our practice in East London serves a highly diverse population. Half our patients are ‘established’ East Enders – poor, ethnically and culturally diverse.

The spread of the Omicron variant is bringing a real sense of déjà vu to Christmas 2021

GPs can always be relied on to rally in a crisis and rally you have, time and again. Two weeks ago, Chief Medical Officer for England Chris Whitty and I wrote to College members asking for your help to deliver the booster programme. Latest figures are that 70% of the eligible population have now been vaccinated and much of that is down to your efforts.

Healthcare is about people

I want to tell you about a new drug. It’s been trialled over many decades in many different countries on millions of people and is proven to work. It improves patient experience, compliance with medical advice and patient outcomes and reduces mortality.

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