General practitioner England Wales

Last updated:

Urgent prescription for general practice


UPGP waiting room graphic 16x9

General practice is facing some of its toughest challenges, with workload and patient demand at unprecedented levels.

Our Urgent prescription for general practice shines a light on these issues and provides advice and support for practices on how to deal with them.

Read the report: Responsive, safe and sustainable


About the urgent prescription for general practice

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 facing general practice across England and Wales and offering the solutions we feel are necessary to government.


A day in the life of a GP

Listen to one GP talk about the challenges they face on a daily basis.


Latest information

  • NHS England - General Practice Forward View

    The government has committed to increased support for primary care.

    Read NHS England's General Practice Forward View

    Read our response

    Read the news story

    Read the press release


    NHS England's General Practice Forward View

    What it means for you and why general practice needs immediate support

    General practice forward view infographic


    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


  • 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


  • Key issues survey

    In December 2015, we asked GP practices in England and Wales about the biggest challenges facing their practice.

    The responses included:

    • financial viability
    • GPs leaving the profession
    • current workload
    • level of demand for their services
    • quality of the care they are able to provide

    These graphs reflect the responses of over 3,000 practices

    View the graphs


  • Show your support

    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 campaign.

    Show your support


  • Resource pack

    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.

    Urgent prescription 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


  • Follow the conversation

  • Media coverage

    See a selection of the media coverage on the Urgent Prescription for General Practice campaign since February 2016.

    Media and broadcast highlights