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gp-toolsSeptember 7 2015

With more than one in ten GP roles in England currently vacant, proposals to have seven-day working are “unrealistic”, says the RCGP.

An RCGP survey of 549 practices in England found that 10.2% of full time equivalent GP positions are vacant, with 61% being filled by locum or agency staff. Of the practices surveyed, 64% reported that finding enough locum cover was either difficult or very difficult and only 8% said it was easy.

“The findings also cast doubt on the feasibility of government plans to introduce a seven-day working week in general practice, which would involve stretching current resources even further,” said the RCGP.

“The government has pledged to create 5,000 more GPs over the course of this parliament – and Health Education England has a target to ensure that half of all medical students choose to specialise in general practice.

“However, the College estimates that around 3,300 additional GPs are needed now – just to meet current demand – without taking into account growing patient demand over the next five years, and those GPs who will leave the profession due to retirement.

“The College believes that England will need 8,000 additional GPs by 2020 to provide existing five day and OOH services for the changing needs of the population.”

The British Medical Association has also expressed its concerns over rural general practice.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA GP committee chair, said: “Feedback from our members suggest that rural areas are being hit hard by this crisis as these practices often have to deliver care in challenging circumstances, sometimes with isolated, older populations away from hospitals that are broken up by large distances.

“We are concerned that some GP practices in rural communities are in these circumstances struggling to remain financially viable or recruit new GPs as their budgets don’t reflect the unique strain they are under.”

He called on the government “to address this crisis which could threaten the survival of GP services in non-urban areas. The UK needs a long term plan for general practice that includes sustained funding and a recruitment drive to ensure patient’s needs are met throughout the country.”

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