Less talk more action on General Practitioners

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

Reality check-up
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

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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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