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Recognition of GPs as specialists
In January 2017, the GMC (General Medical Council) backed our long-standing call for GPs to be added to the specialist register. Together with the RCGP (Royal College of GPs), we released a joint statement in February 2018 calling for the formal recognition of general practitioners as specialists in the UK. The BMA, RCGP and GMC issued a further statement in September 2019 calling for changes to the Medical Act to formally recognise GPs as expert medical generalists and specialists in general practice.
Read the 2019 joint statement
NHS structures and integration
Get the latest information on structural changes within the NHS.
GP partnership review
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has published an independent review into GP partnerships. The review was chaired by Dr Nigel Watson, in collaboration with the DHSC, NHS England, the BMA’s GP committee and the Royal College of GPs.
Richard Vautrey, BMA GP committee chair, said “This important report, and the support offered to it both by the Secretary of State and the chief executive of NHS England, provides clear backing at the highest level to the partnership model as the best way of delivering what most patients want – and that is good quality continuity of care delivered by a locally-based team, embedded within their community, who they know and trust. The model, which gives practices the autonomy and independence to innovate while building quality relationships with people in their local community and being able to advocate on their behalf, is why both patients and the CQC continue to rate general practice so highly."
Read the review
Read the press release
Call to reduce risks to GP partners (news)
Subject access requests to GP practices increase by a third
Since the introduction of GDPR legislation, the number of subject access requests (SARs) GP practices are receiving each month has increased by more than 30 per cent. This is according to results from a survey of GPs by the BMA.
Crisis in general practice (UK)
GPC has written to the Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock MP, in July 2018 regarding the current crisis facing general practice. The letter outlines issues surrounding workload levels, expansion of the general practice and community workforce, technology and prevention, and adequate investment in primary care. We highlighted our report 'Saving general practice' where we outline our ambition for general practice and offering clear solution, and urged Mr Hancock to work with the GPC to find a swift resolution to the crisis in general practice.
Read the letter
Primary care education tariff
Richard Vautrey has written to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to call for an increase in the funding of undergraduate placements in primary care.
Read the letter
Focus on quality indicators for QOF
GPC has produced a briefing on quality indicators to provide background and context in preparation of the negotiations to the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) and the potential changes following the recent QOF review, led by NHS England. The QOF review brought key stakeholders together to analyse current evidence on QOF and other incentive schemes, with the intention of delivering proposals on its future.
The GPC has highlighted, and NHS England agrees, that a significant proportion of QOF funding is core income for practices and is an essential resource used for the employment of practice staff, and is already committed to delivering important practice activities.
Read the briefing
NHS England report of QOF review
Working at scale webinar
The BMA is not promoting any particular 'at-scale' model. However, in areas where change is happening, we believe GPs must be at the forefront, controlling the future of general practice for the benefit of patients and the profession.
Watch the webinar
Saving general practice (UK)
We have identified key areas which must be addressed to turn around the current crisis facing general practice.
See our vision for the future of general practice
Primary Care Support England (PCSE) service failures
PCSE, also known as Capita, have been responsible for the delivery of NHS England's primary care support services since September 2015. During that time, serious concerns have been raised about the service, with both patient safety and GP finances being affected. Issues are still ongoing despite continued talks between the BMA and NHS England.
Read the latest
GP pension update
We have identified key areas relating to GP pensions that we are working on.
GPC workforce (UK)
Following the development and implementation of a range of national GP workforce initiatives over the last three to four years, we continue to update this resource with helpful guidance, practical support and advice, e.g step-by-step guide and FAQs on the new GP Retention Scheme, clinical pharmacists in General Practice, NHS GP Health Service, GP induction and refresher scheme.
Read the guidance
Specialist prescribing (UK)
GPC has written to the GMC to highlight concerns raised by practices about specialist prescribing for patients, such as those with gender dysphoria. The letter outlines the need to ensure patients have access to the specialist treatment they need.
Read our letter to the GMC
Read the reply from the GMC
Read our guidance on gender incongruence
Managing workloads under unprecedented pressure - Quality First (UK)
A BMA survey stated that 74% of GPs describe their workload as unmanageable or unsustainable. In this climate, it is crucial that the safe provision of core services to patients remain GPs' overriding core priority. This guidance is intended to help practices ensure this.
Read the guidance