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NHS breaking point - General practice

GP Prescriptions and notes

Politicians must commit to stabilise general practice in the face of soaring demand, a critical shortage of GPs and excessive bureaucracy

The BMA calls on all political parties to:

  • ensure the best possible patient experience by putting in place the necessary funding and support to deliver manageable, safe workloads for GPs

  • make general practice more attractive as a career option to increase recruitment and retention of the GPs upon which the health service relies

At the end of 2014, the Five Year Forward View (5YFV) estimated that the NHS in England is heading for a funding shortfall of nearly £30 billion a year by 2020/21. This shortfall is particularly felt in general practice, which has seen its proportion of NHS funding fall from 10.4% in 2005/6 to 8.1% in 2015/16 leaving practices receiving an average of only £164 per patient to deliver a year of general practice care leaving an effective funding deficit of at least £2.5bn.

Coupled with funding shortfalls the UK also has a growing and aging population, which has led to increased demand in general terms, as well as increases in patients suffering comorbidities and complex health needs.

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