NHS ambitions to have 5,000 more GPs in practice look to be falling very short, Dr Richard Vautrey, chairman, BMA GP committee has warned. Between December 2017 and March 2018, there was a reduction of 157 FTE GPs (0.5 per cent), DDA conference delegates heard in a presentation entitled: General Practice: The foundation of the NHS Long Term Plan.
Dr Vautrey told delegates that establishing more GPs, nurses, clinicians and support staff are a key action point in the NHS Five Year Forward View (5YFV) as the NHS grapples with significant increases in NHS activity. The 5YFV also recommends “sustained and significant funding investment” that aims to address years of under-investment in primary care.
Other actions include:
- Building collaborative teams in each locality
- Manage workload enabling quality consultations
- Indemnity covered
- Premises and IT development
- Building on the foundation of a GMS contract
- Culture change in the NHS
Dr Vautrey looked at the solutions and progress towards key 5YFV ambitions, including the GP contract, and for premises, IT and administration support.
View the full presentation.