The BMA has published its evaluation of the progress so far of the GP Forward View in England a year on from its launch and called for the urgent implementation of its promised extra funding after a patchy first 12 months of delivery.
Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA GP committee chair, said: "The BMA’s GP committee believes that it is vital NHS England is held to account to deliver its promises and funding commitments, and do so in a way that translates into real support for GP practices.
"Our analysis of the first year of the GP forward view highlights that whilst there has been some delivery, there have been cases where promised funding has been severely delayed or distributed unevenly across the country. This confusing and inadequate implementation is unacceptable given the huge pressures on general practice from a combination of factors, including rising patient demand, falling resources and staff shortages.
"Many GP practices1 are at breaking point and they need certainty that they will get the resources necessary to deliver safe, effective care to their patients.
"We will continue to work with grassroots GPs to provide LMCs and practices with resources to hold NHS managers to account, which has included launching new guidance recently on how to ensure work is not unnecessarily transferred from secondary care2.
"Most importantly, we expect politicians of all parties to put forward positive, well-resourced proposals that will not duck the crisis facing the NHS and general practice in the upcoming general election campaign."
The BMA’s analysis of the first year of the GP Forward View can be found here.
Notes to Editors
The British Medical Association (BMA) is the voice of doctors and medical students in the UK. It is an apolitical professional organisation and independent trade union, representing doctors and medical students from all branches of medicine across the UK and supporting them to deliver the highest standards of care.
1. More information about the current pressures that are leaving the NHS at breaking point can be found here and a briefing paper on the issues facing general practice can be found here.
2. The new guidance on ensuring administrative work is not unnecessarily transferred from secondary care to general practice can be read here.