The urgent prescription for general practice in Wales was launched at an event held at the National Assembly for Wales on Wednesday 12 October 2016, and all Assembly Members were provided with the following documents:
Urgent prescription: A survey of general practice in 2016
An urgent prescription for general practice in Wales
Download the Welsh language versions:
Rhagnodiad brys: Arolwg o feddygaeth teulu yn 2016
Rhagnodiad brys ar gyfer meddygaeth teulu yng Nghymru
In August 2016, we surveyed individual GPs in Wales to enable us to better understand their experiences. A mix of open, closed and multiple-choice questions provided comprehensive quantitative and qualitative data, identifying clear trends in terms of their experience and areas of concern.
The survey was completed anonymously online, with 20% of individual GPs responding. Key results indicated the following:
- Whilst general practice is currently a frustrating and difficult area to work in, GPs are dedicated to the profession and see the potential for it to be a positive place to work.
- There are not enough GPs working in Wales and an increasing number of practices have faced the strain of carrying on in an understaffed practice or handing their keys back to the Local Health Board.
- Many GPs are looking to leave general practice totally and others are being forced to reduce their working hours in order to manage the growing pressures. We already know that a large percentage of the GP workforce is reaching retirement.
Monitoring the situation
The results of the survey will form a baseline for a long term piece of work which will include biannual surveys to establish whether or not things are improving in general practice.
The next survey is scheduled for February 2017 with a report to follow in March 2017.