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This week the BMA GPs committee will launch a paper entitled Saving General Practice, which highlights the challenges facing general practice, and the urgent action required by the Government and other bodies to address them.
The paper outlines the issues most important to GPs and local medical committees, sets the course in defining strategies to achieve them and provides the Government with a GP-designed roadmap to solve the crisis in general practice and deliver the outcomes patients deserve.
View a video message from me ahead of the launch
Folkestone – the latest domino to fall?
Practices across the country are under huge pressure, with some reaching breaking point. An example of this is the situation in Folkestone, where last week a surgery was forced to close its doors.
With nine in 10 practices telling us their workloads are unmanageable and a third of GP partners unable to fill vacancies, the situation is not confined to Folkestone.
The closure of this surgery provides yet more evidence of just how desperate the situation in general practice has become, as funding and recruitment problems have left many practices in the area unable to cope. Large numbers of patients now face disruption to their care as other local practices that are already at or over capacity will struggle to take on new patients.
The BMA spoke to surgeries in the town giving them the opportunity to tell their stories.
Watch the BMA’s short film here
Read the PULSE article here
Read the Practice Business article here
Debate issues that affect you
Representatives from local medical committees will gather for their annual conference on Friday to debate the most pressing issues facing GPs in today’s health system.
The event will take place at the Mermaid London, and will be webcast live throughout the day for all LMCs to tune in and listen to the discussions taking place.
Follow this link to view the live webcast
Download the agenda here
Record transfers – PCSE
In Capita's Primary Care Support England's recent bulletins, it has reported that CDs and other portable media should not be used for transferring patient records.
However, GPC’s view on this matter is that practices can continue to use removable media to transfer medical records, provided that the data is password protected.
Such methods are acknowledged in the Good Practice Guidelines for GP electronic patient records, which is the regulatory reference guidance agreed between the GPC and the Department of Health.
We acknowledge that this is not an ideal process but until practices are assured that GP2GP – NHS England's method of patient electronic record transfer – is 100 per cent reliable this will remain an alternative.
Cameron Fund – Christmas Appeal
It is that time of year again when we draw your attention to the Cameron Fund’s annual appeal for funds. The Cameron Fund continues to help colleagues and their families across the UK and we have had another busy year.
Please follow the link below to read this year’s appeal in the which the treasurer asks all LMCs to consider donations for the Cameron Fund to continue its vital work. Without your help and support the Cameron Fund could not continue supporting colleagues and their families at their time of need and when they are often at their lowest ebb.
Read this year’s appeal