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In mid-October, we launched our urgent prescription for general practice in Wales campaign at the National Assembly for Wales. The event was attended by over a quarter of AMs as well as key civil servants and was a fantastic opportunity to talk about what action needs to be taken to support general practice
Thanks to your contributions, our survey gave us the clearest evidence yet that GPs in Wales are struggling. Our solutions paper gave AMs definitive recommendations which clearly outline the step-change that is needed to enable general practice to flourish once again.
Our urgent prescription for general practice in Wales calls for:
How this can be achieved is broken down into 6 key themes in our solutions paper:
Under each theme, we have identified the scale of the problem and outlined specific short, medium and long term actions that ought to be taken to address that problem. Recommendations are as diverse as the challenges we face and include suggestions such as a scheme to encourage retired doctors to stay in the workforce, which would include indemnity cover from the Welsh risk pool; a national standard for a maximum number of patients that GPs can reasonably deal with during a working day to maintain delivery of a safe and high quality service; and a commitment from Welsh Government to spending at least 12% of the NHS budget on general practice by 2020.
To take this campaign forward, we will continue to meet with decision makers and to make sure that the issues impacting on general practice are debated in an honest and solution-focused way. To achieve this we need your help. There are six simple ways you can contribute:
1 minute: Tell the Cabinet Secretary for Health @wgcs_health what needs to change on twitter using #fixGP
2 minutes: Show your support via social media by getting the Fix GP twibbon
3 minutes: Print out five copies of our “Get your patients’ views resource” for patients to complete and return to us at BMA Cymru Wales
5 minutes: Email our Media and Public Affairs team a short paragraph about the main challenges you currently face
10 minutes: Call our Media and Public Affairs team on 029 2047 4646 so that they can learn more about the issues you are facing and can draft a case study for you based on your conversation
20 minutes: Write your own case study, describing all of the problems you face as a GP, explaining how these impact on your life. Email this to Stacey Hughes.
We will be repeating our survey in February and I hope you will all take the time to participate. On average it took less than two and a half minutes to complete.
At this time, it is crucial that we stand together as one profession and I would value your support in campaigning for real and lasting change.
Charlotte Jones is the Welsh GPs committee chair