Government failings leave GPs struggling to provide patients with the care they expect and deserve, says BMA

by BMA media team

BMA Press Release

Location: England
Last reviewed: 11 September 2021

Responding to today’s media coverage that GPs in England are finding it increasingly difficult to guarantee ‘safe care’ Dr Richard Vautrey, BMA GP committee chair, said: “General practice went into this pandemic with too few family doctors, a limited wider workforce, inadequate spaces, and a tonne of unmet Government promises. Government pledges to deliver more GPs remain unmet and as workload pressures now increase at an alarming rate due to the pandemic and the growing backlog of care, it is no wonder that many practices are struggling to provide patients with the good care that GPs want to deliver, and that patients expect and deserve.

“It is for this very reason that the BMA launched its ‘Support Your Surgery’ campaign encouraging as many members of the public as possible to support the Association’s call for Government investment in general practice to provide more GPs and better services.

“The current situation is grave; the profession is on its last legs and the Government must take this seriously and invest in general practice as a matter of a priority. Not only are we seeing more and more of our already limited workforce leaving the profession due to burnout, but we are now at a point where patients will suffer if the Government do not urgently address the concerns that the BMA and many other medical bodies have been raising for far too long now.”

Notes to editors

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