Dr Richard Vautrey, GPC chair at the BMA, has responded to the launch of the Royal College of GPs’ 'Workforce Roadmap', which explains what must be done to make sure general practice has the workforce it needs for the future.
He said: “For too long now, GPs and their teams have been dealing with a severe workforce crisis in primary care. Patients are waiting longer than ever before to get an appointment and colleagues, who have no choice but to pick up extra work, are exhausted.
“While there remains a desperate need for additional investment, we know that money alone isn’t going to solve the problem. Alongside it must be a coherent, sensible plan to get our workforce back on track.
“As RCGP’s Workforce Roadmap lays out, this is about more than just recruiting extra staff; it’s also about expanding training places, ensuring manageable workloads and reasonable working conditions for all staff, confining emotional exhaustion and burnout to the past, and building extended practice teams to guarantee an effective primary care system that’s built to last.
“The solutions are being offered. We now need the Government to sit up, take note and act if we’re to properly supply our NHS workforce and ensure GPs and their teams can continue to treat and keep patients healthy by giving them the care they need both now and in the future.”
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