Responding to a survey from the Royal College of GPs which highlights the extent of pressures on general practice and the need to reduce GP workload, BMA GP committee chair, Dr Richard Vautrey, said:
“These findings are alarming and will cause a great deal of worry for patients who would be forced to find a new practice. While GPs strive to provide high quality care to all of their patients, statistics such as this speak volumes to the huge amount of pressure they are under; rising demand from a growing population with increasingly complex conditions means that workload is nearing insurmountable levels.
“Given the stress this causes and impact that it has on doctors’ wellbeing, it is unsurprising that many are questioning their own futures and the future of their practices.
“For the last 70 years general practice has been the foundation on which the NHS is built, but without proper support, investment and a plan to tackle the current retention crisis, it is in serious risks of crumbling. The BMA is therefore urging the government, using its long-term plan, to drastically increase the share of the NHS budget that general practice receives to guarantee its ability to continue to provide high-quality, person-based care from within the community for years to come.”
Notes to editors
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