General practice is flexible and adaptable and has always risen to meet new challenges including increasing demand, and keeping up with a steady stream of ever evolving regulations and management system changes.
However, it has had to do this against the backdrop of a decade of underfunding and a failure by Government to address the urgent challenges facing primary and community care services.
What you'll get from this report
- The BMA's case to save general practice from the crisis it is in.
- The six key areas that are impacting general practice most and the data around them.
- The specific actions that Government and authorities need to take to improve these key areas.
Our key asks
- Recurrent and sustainable funding and resources to secure a minimum spend of 11% of the total NHS budget invested in general practice; a funding deficit that is currently estimated at £3.7bn.
- A workforce strategy that is recurrently funded to enable an expansion of a collaborative multi disciplinary general practice and community workforce working both in practices and within localities.
- A sustainable, long-term indemnity package for general practice that covers all GPs on the national performers list and all staff providing NHS general practice services both in and out of hours.
- Enabling practices to manage their workload in order to deliver safe services and empower patients and carers as partners in care.
- The retention of a national core contract for general practice that provides a high-quality service for patients.
- Premises, IT infrastructure and administrative support to enable the delivery of quality care.