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‘It is not right to normalise the current GP workload’, says RCGP chair

It is ‘not right to normalise’ the current workload in general practice as numbers of GPs and practices goes down, the RCGP chair told delegates at Pulse Live this week. 

Professor Kamila Hawthorne highlighted the pressure GPs are under with general practice appointments increasing most last year, compared to A&E and outpatients. 

She also said her priority from a new GP contract would be better resourcing for GPs working in deprived areas. 

Her speech looked at the challenges facing general practice and imagined what the future could look like, including what the college can do to bring about change.

Professor Hawthorne said: ‘The workload that we’re facing – it’s not right to normalise it. The sort of work days that we have in general practice, it is not right to normalise this.

‘The number of GPs is going down because they’re leaving the profession faster than they’re entering it. The number of practices in England is going down, and compared with affluent areas, GPs in deprived areas earn less but see more patients with more chronic illness.’ 

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Source: Pulse, 21 March 2023


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