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NHS England’s plan to recruit an additional 5,000 GPs by 2020 is “already falling short”, the Royal College of General Practitioners has warned.

In an assessment of the first year of NHS England’s GP Forward View strategy, the RCGP raises its concerns that not enough progress is being felt in the profession. Its analysis, “based on the most up to date statistical and member feedback, raises concerns that the GP Forward View is not having the positive impact on frontline general practice and patient care to the extent and with the speed that is needed.”

The RCGP recognises the “very significant steps” that have been taken already, including the “hundreds of millions of pounds of additional investment [that] went into general practice in 2016-17, signifying that the commitment to spend an additional recurrent £2.4bn on general practice by 2020-21 is on track.”

In addition, the number of schemes and initiatives that have been started under the GPFV “are also demonstrative of the commitment of NHS England to taking action.” Among the initiatives already delivering excellent results are the new GP Health Service and the improved Induction and Refresher Scheme.

“Nonetheless, general practice is under serious pressure right now. GPs and their teams need to receive appropriate support to offer the best service to their patients,” it says.

The College “wants a ‘re-think’ on aspects the GP Forward View to turn things around - specifically around workforce pledges, but also on other key issues for GPs, such as spiralling costs of indemnity.”

Data from an Ipsos MORI poll of RCGP members included in the report, “shows that 39% of GPs say they are unlikely to be working in the profession in England in five years, sparking fears that unless progress in delivering the GP Forward View is accelerated, the profession could reach breaking point.”

Commenting on the report, Dr Richard Vautrey, the BMA’s GP committee chair, said: “Despite the GP workforce shrinking again last year, the government has continued to promise 5,000 extra GPs to patients. It is time to admit that this pledge is now unachievable.

“While the GP Forward View's focus on extra staff and investment in general practice is correct, it fails to provide sustainable or recurrent funding, and the delivery so far has been inconsistent with little tangible improvement to the delivery of local services to patients.”

The BMA would like to see more work done to tackle “the unsafe workload pressure,” one of the factors driving the recruitment and retention “crisis” in general practice.

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