General Practice in Crisis: An Action Plan for Recovery (England)

GPs and practice teams have played a pivotal role throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, working hard to provide care for their patients and taking a central role in delivering the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

Even before the pandemic, millions of patients a week were seen in general practice and GPs were already under immense workload and workforce pressures. 

As we move beyond the ‘emergency’ pandemic period, general practice – the foundation stone of our healthcare system – is now at breaking point. It is clear that the pressures on general practice are now unsustainable and must be urgently addressed.

Our new report, General Practice in Crisis: An Action Plan for Recovery, sets our five priority actions for Government to take to improve care for patients in general practice: 

  1. Ramp-up efforts to deliver the 2019 Conservative manifesto target of 6,000 more FTE GPs before 2024.   
  2. Undertake a system-wide programme to eradicate unnecessary general practice workload by 2024, to allow GPs more time to care and prevent GP burnout. 
  3. Recruit and properly integrate at least 26,000 other members of staff into the general practice workforce by 2024. 
  4. Ensure infrastructure within general practice is fit for purpose by 2024, to allow GPs to deliver care, in a safe way using reliable technology. 
  5. Enable GPs to have a strong voice in integrated care systems and in designing care for the communities they serve. 

You can download our Action Plan, and write to your MP setting out the challenges in your surgery.

Read the Action Plan (PDF file, 123 KB)

Write to your MP

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