Responding to NHS England’s announcement of £10m fund to support and retain GPs1, Dr Richard Vautrey, BMA GP committee chair, said:
“We know that general practice is in the midst of a recruitment and retention crisis, as doctors face the pressures of rising demand, low resources and increasing administrative burden, leaving many with rock-bottom morale and what they feel is no choice but to leave the profession or reduce their time with patients.
“Local initiatives that aim to hold on to the valuable workforce that keeps high-quality, community-based generalised care running on a daily basis are vital for the future of general practice. From newly-recruited trainees, to doctors with decades of experience behind them, the government and NHS England must prove they are committed to valuing each individual GP and take seriously the risks to the health service that short-staffed general practice poses. While limited schemes can help, the key to significant change will be a commitment to longstanding recurrent resources.
“This funding is important, but NHS England must ensure that it is not spread too thinly and commissioners must work closely with LMCs to maximise its impact. We will be monitoring carefully how successful each scheme proves to be.”
Notes to editors
The BMA is a trade union representing and negotiating on behalf of all doctors in the UK. A leading voice advocating for outstanding health care and a healthy population. An association providing members with excellent individual services and support throughout their lives.
1. Find more information on NHS England’s website.