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Urgent prescription for general practice

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About the urgent prescription for general practice

Since we launched Urgent Prescription for General Practice, the profession is still facing some of its toughest challenges, with workload and patient demand at unprecedented levels.

We continue to highlight these issues and provide advice and support for your practices on how to deal with them.

Our urgent prescription for general practice is:

  • safe, manageable workload
  • more time with patients
  • increased practice funding
  • more staff to support GPs
  • less box ticking

We are highlighting the challenges and offering the solutions to government that we feel are necessary to address these issues.

Read our report


Message from GPC chair

During autumn 2016, we surveyed members to find out how they would like to see general practice develop.

Listen to Chaand Nagpaul's message to GPs on the survey results.

See the latest survey results


Quality first: delivering safe patient care

GPs talking in practiceAccess practical support, resources and template to help you manage your daily work.

Find out about different ways of working under pressure and at scale, by visiting our case studies.

Find out more


Latest information

  • Survey of GPs in England

    During October and early November this year, we asked you to complete a survey, one which was was much more focused than in previous years.

    Only GPs in England were asked to complete this survey, which covered the following key areas:

    • Workload
    • Workforce
    • Working at scale

    More than 5,000 practices responded. The results from this survey will be published in a series.

    See the latest survey results

  • What's happening in your area

    Prescription for general practice

    These heatmaps help illustrate the impact on general practice in England, Scotland and Wales. 

    Make sure you use the dropdown menu and search to find out what's happening in your area.


    • Choose an option from the Survey Question dropdown
    • Type in the name of your area in the Constituency field
    • The arrow displayed will show the impact in your area
    • Change the dropdown option to see more results

    Use the heatmap

  • NHS England - General Practice Forward View

    The government has committed to increased support for primary care. Read NHS England's General Practice Forward View.

    We responded at the time of publication - see our:

    Letter from NHS England

    NHS England wrote to GPC in August 2016, on the GP forward view and the Urgent prescription campaign.

    Read the letter

    Advice on implementation

    Read our focus on paper summarising the Forward View, which provides a steer for LMCs and practices on delivering change locally, access NHS planning guidance and watch a webcast from an event held in the south west on implementing the Forward View locally.

    Find out more

  • Show your support and resource pack

    There are some simple but important things that you can do to help keep the campaign visible and relevant.

    See how GPs across the country are showing their support for the urgent prescription for general practice.

    Showing your support



    As well as raising these issues nationally, we are also offering practical support and advice to GPs.

    Our resource pack includes tools to help practices manage their workload and work more collaboratively locally.

    It also provides advice on how to raise the issues practices are facing with their local MP and in their local newspaper.

    Download the resources

  • Stories of GPs in crisis

    The issues we aim to address are a harsh reality for GPs working on the front line of primary care.

    We've collected stories from real life doctors who share the everyday challenges they face to deliver the care their patients deserve.

    Find out more

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