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The BMA GPs committee launched a paper entitled Saving General Practice last week, which highlights the challenges facing general practice and the urgent action required by the Government and other bodies to address them.
It 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.
The Royal College of GPs responded to the publication by stating that they welcome the BMA’s report, which backs up its position on severe workload and workforce pressures facing general practice, and the need for further investment and resources to support GPs and their teams. Follow the campaign on Twitter using #savingGP.
Download the full document here
View the chair’s video message here
Read the full RCGP press release here
Read the BMA news story
Promoting Self Care Week
It is Self Care Week, which is an annual national awareness week organised by the Self Care Forum that focuses on supporting and embedding self-care across communities, families and generations.
This year the BMA is promoting Self Care Week to its membership and the public. The campaign will signpost doctors and patients to the resources provided by the Self Care Forum as well as promote guidance by GPC and the PLG (patient liaison group) on self care.
Dr Farah Jameel has published a blog on the benefits of self care, which you can access by clicking the link below.
Amanda Cool, PLG chair, has published a blog on why embracing self care for life is important, which you can access by clicking the link below.
Here are some ways you can get involved with the Self Care Week campaign:
– Put up a poster or two
– Get tweeting! (include #selfcareweek #selfcareforlife and @SelfCareForum)
– Spread the word and include the Self Care Week banner on your website and/or newsletter.
Fact sheets, leaflets, posters, and other material can be downloaded here
Read Farah’s blog here
Read Amada Cool’s blog here
Read the GPC’s guidance on self-care here
Access resources on the Self-Care Forum here
Read guidance by the BMA’s Patient Liaison Group here
LMCs conference: England
Representatives from local medical committees across England gathered at in London to debate the most pressing issues facing GPs in today’s health system last Friday.
The event was webcast live throughout the day for all LMCs to tune in and listen to the discussions taking place.
View my speech to England LMCs here
Follow this link to view the live webcast
Download the agenda here
GP at Hand
A new service, called GP at Hand created by technology firm Babylon Health, which offers a GP consultation via smartphone 24 hours a day, has launched in London.
In response to this, I issued a statement saying that: ‘While these proposals appear to be focused on making access to a GP easier, in reality it will divert patients away from their GPs and practices and leaves them receiving care from doctors who don’t know them as well as their own GPs would do.
‘Unlike some services NHS England seems to support, we don’t cherry-pick young, fit and healthy patients. We don’t refuse to treat people who are vulnerable, frail or housebound, those with learning disabilities or complex problems. We deliver a service that is open to all, no questions asked.'
We have had an urgent meeting with senior NHS managers today to raise our concerns.
Read the BMA news story here
Freedom of Information requests to NHSPS and CHP
The BMA has been attempting to work constructively with NHSPS (NHS Property Services) and CHP (Community Health Partnerships) to resolve the escalating number of complaints from GP practices about excessive and erratic rises in service charges.
The BMA has received reports from hundreds of GP practices in the past six months who have been experiencing issues with NHSPS and CHP owing to significant rises in service charges.
Despite repeated requests, we have had no clear reassurance from NHSPS or CHP, which explains why these issues have emerged or a commitment to resolve them.
We have reached the stage where issuing Freedom of Information requests is necessary for full transparency, and we will also consider other appropriate action to protect GP services and patient care.
Click here to read more
Discuss workforce issues
GPC and the GPDF are hosting a GP workforce conference at BMA House on 24 November 2017.
The event will allow LMC representatives to discuss their local experiences of the implementation of workforce initiatives and to influence national policy and decision making in England. Senior representatives from NHS England and Health Education England will directly participate in the plenary and workshop discussions, with speeches from , NHS England Director of Primary Care Arvind Madan and Health Education England Chief Executive Professor Ian Cumming.
LMCs can nominate up to two representatives to attend the event with expenses to be reimbursed by the General Practice Defence Fund. Please email Christopher Scott if you have any queries.
Click here to register
PCSE surveys: looking for a resolution
Following the information provided by practices to their LMCs on the large number of concerns that they have with PCSE (Primary Care Services England), we have developed three short surveys (one for LMCs, practitioners and practices respectively), to gauge the severity of the problems in order to continue our efforts to push NHS England and PCSE to resolve these issues.
We will be sending these directly to LMCs on Friday and we have asked them to send them on to practices in their area. If you receive one, we would appreciate you completing it.