LESS TALK, MORE ACTION ON GPs – The Sunday Times 17th November 2019
You report that “Tories make more ‘empty promises’ on extra GPs” (News, last week). These will do nothing for the millions of patients who are unable to see their GP because of the recruitment and retention crisis. This is a government that has proven its inability to deliver on its 2015 commitment of recruiting an extra 5,000 GPs.
As GP numbers are falling, we need more than just election soundbites — we need investment in the working conditions and retention of our existing GPs, who have been neglected for the past decade.
Dr Rinesh Parmar, chairman, The Doctors’ Association UK
While election pledges to deliver more family doctors are encouraging, we must not forget that previous promises have fallen far short and GP numbers have continued to decline. We need meaningful action to keep experienced GPs in the NHS, not least the scrapping of absurd pension regulations that punish doctors for staying in work.
Both main parties say extra GPs will provide millions more appointments, but thousands more doctors are needed just to meet present demands. Politicians owe it to patients to be realistic about what can be delivered.
Dr Richard Vautrey, chairman, BMA GP committee