This report by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) sets out recommendations for the Government to tackle the workforce and workload crisis in general practice, and support GPs and their teams to meet the healthcare challenges of the 21st century. Based on a survey of more than 2,600 GPs and other practice team members from across the UK, the report provides a snapshot of what frontline staff have faced during one of the most difficult winters experienced in the NHS, and what they think needs to happen to make general practice more sustainable. Respondents describe a profession in crisis, with unmanageable workload and workforce pressures fuelling an exodus of fully qualified GPs.
- A commitment to a properly funded plan to enable general practice to respond to surges in demand as they occur.
- Investment in GP practices’ IT and telephone systems, and the support they need to implement upgrades.
- The urgent roll-out of new and improved, properly funded retention schemes that halt the decline in the GP workforce.
- A reduction in unnecessary box ticking requirements and unnecessary workload to free up GPs’ time for patient care.
- A new public education campaign designed by patients and healthcare professionals to advise patients when and how to self-manage illness and when to access general practice or other services.
Fit for the Future: GP pressures 2023 (RCGP, 9 March 2023) https://www.rcgp.org.uk/getmedia/f16447b1-699c-4420-8ebe-0239a978c179/gp-pressures-2023.pdf
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