Responding to an announcement made by NHS England today which outlined plans to help strengthen out-of-hours GP services during the winter period by making £10m available for indemnity costs, BMA GP committee chair, Dr Richard Vautrey said,
"This funding is recognition of the pressures that the services will be under and the need to support GPs who work out of hours.
"It is something that the BMA has been pushing for for some time and we have been concerned about the delay to the announcement. But nevertheless it will give some short term confidence for GPs working in out-of-hours urgent care organisations.
"It is clear, however, that GPs need a long-term solution to the indemnity crisis, and this is something which the BMA is continuing to lobby the Government on.”
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.