Responding to the government’s new transformation plan for general practice in England, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA GP committee chair, said:
“The General Practice Forward View represents a significant and comprehensive package of proposals to support general practice both in the immediate and longer term, the most that we have seen since 2004.
“This has followed strong lobbying from the BMA’s GP committee over the past three years, and more recently from the Special Conference of LMCs. Many of the proposals have taken on board GPC’s specific recommendations in our urgent prescription for general practice. This includes our proposals for increased recurring investment, with over £2bn additional funding every year going into general practice, the introduction of a practice resilience programme, a commitment to address rising indemnity costs, the need for an expansion of the workforce, along with initiatives to encourage GP retention, and support to reduce unnecessary burdens on general practice. These are vital to ensuring GPs can deliver high quality patient care today and in the future.
“Crucially, NHS England have committed to investment which will reverse the unacceptable decline in general practice funding. This is a vital step as the proportion of resource in general practice will reach 11% of the NHS budget and beyond. We see this as a floor, not a ceiling, and believe that NHS England must ensure that resources follow where care is being provided going forward.
“It is vital that GPs and staff see tangible delivery against these commitments, so that the words are translated into action. GP practices must receive the immediate and urgent support needed, as well as the infrastructure for a sustainable future, which will attract younger doctors to become GPs, and enable existing GPs to remain working.
“As the representative voice of every day GPs, the BMA’s GP committee will work with NHS England to influence delivery of these commitments. We have secured the creation of a delivery board to monitor progress which is an important step.
“The BMA’s GP committee will continue its dialogue with NHS England to see our wider ideas as stated in urgent prescription for general practice realised, in what we hope will become a turning point for general practice.”
Notes to Editors
BMA Northern Ireland's GP Strategy – ‘General practice in Northern Ireland: The case for change’ - can be read here.
More information about the BMA’s Urgent Prescription for General Practice campaign can be found here.
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