Dr Paul Myers warns of poor investment, infers inept manpower planning, and its effect on Wales.

Julia McWatt in Wealesonline (Western Mail) reports 16th June 2014: GP profession in Wales at risk of crumbling within five years, leading doctor warns

As readers can see, from a number of posts over the last 2 years, this is not new or without warning…. Rationing by undercapacity over many years is a temptation resulting from the politicisation of health, and the recurrent 5 year electoral first past the post cycles…. How sad that throughout my career, in my own practice, several children are rejected from British Medical Schools every year, even though capable.

Dr Paul Myers, chair of the Royal College of GPs in Wales, said the problem is ‘really serious’ and that the system needs greater investment

The Royal College of GPs in Wales has launched a petition to send to all surgeries across Wales.

The GP profession in Wales is at risk of crumbling in just five years unless greater investment is put into the system, a leading doctor has warned.

Dr Paul Myers, chair of the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) in Wales, said issues with workforce and recruitment as well as increasing workloads for GPs meant morale was at rock bottom and some practices were facing closure.

He warned that unless there was a increase in NHS funding for the profession from 7.8% to 11%, general practice in Wales could fall apart in a matter of years…..

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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