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gp recruitmentMarch 16 2016

MPs have said that the Department of Health and NHS England have become “complacent” about the increasing workload facing GPs.

Publishing the findings of its investigation into general practice, the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee has said the government needs to do more to improve the public’s access to general practice.

The review looked at the demand, patient expectations and experience of accessing general practice, as well as staffing and capacity. The MPs concluded that the Department of Health and NHS England have “failed to ensure that staffing in general practice has kept pace with growing demand.

“They appear to have been complacent about general practice’s ability to cope with the increase in demand caused by rising public expectations and the needs of an ageing population, many of whom have multiple health conditions.”

However, the PAC acknowledged that the Department and NHS England “now seem to recognise the urgent need for action and they envisage significant changes in general practice over the next few years. NHS England has committed to increasing funding for general practice and is seeking to increase the number of GPs, to make more use of technology, and to support the creation of more federations of practices and multi-disciplinary large practices,” it said.

“To help general practice to change, NHS England needs to do more to identify and evaluate what works, and to ensure that best practice is applied more widely.”

Among its recommendations, the PAC said:

  • the Department, NHS England and Health Education England should set out in more detail how they plan to address GP recruitment and retention issues;
  • by the end of 2016, NHS England should review the effectiveness of incentives to attract staff to general practice;
  • NHS England should set out the minimum level of information all general practices should provide to the public to help them access services easily, and should monitor practices’ compliance annually;
  • by September 2016, the Department and NHS England should publish a plan for improving the information they hold about staffing and capacity in general practice, with details of the minimum dataset to do so and the timetable.

RCGP Chair Dr Maureen Baker said she was “pleased that the Public Accounts Committee have listened to the College and recognised the enormous resource and workforce pressures currently facing our profession. This report echoes what we have been saying for a long time- that urgent measures need to be taken to reverse declining investment in our service and address the recruitment crisis in general practice.”

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA GP Committee chair, said: “This important independent report vindicates the BMA’s repeated warnings about the depth of the crisis confronting general practice. GP services are being overwhelmed by rising patient demand, especially from an ageing population with complex, chronic medical conditions that require longer and more frequent appointments to deal with. GP practices simply do not have the staff or resources to cope with this pressure.”

A recent BMA survey suggested that potentially half of practices in England are “facing the prospect of parts of their workforce deserting the NHS and last year more than 600 GP trainee posts were left vacant across England,” he said.

“As the report indicates, this alarming reality is a direct result of successive governments failing to build a GP workforce that can provide high quality care to a changing population with different needs, and a health system where large swathes of care is being moved out of hospitals into the community without the necessary funding being made available to meet this need.”

Links:

PAC ‘Access to general practice in England inquiry’

PAC report

RCGP comment

BMA comment

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