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maandag 6 november 2017

RCGP: RCGP dismayed and deeply concerned after hundreds of trainee GPs are left waiting for pay

RCGP dismayed and deeply concerned after hundreds of trainee GPs are left waiting for pay

She said: "We are dismayed and deeply concerned about this disgraceful situation.

"Many trainees already face financial hardship during their years of studying at medical school and many of them have families, mortgages, and huge financial responsibilities.

"This is a hammer blow that is adding to their stress and anxiety, made all the worse by the fact that it's unnecessary and avoidable.

"We will be writing to Capita and Primary Care Services England urging them to bring about a hasty solution and provide comprehensive answers on how this has been allowed to happen.

"Our GP trainees are the future of the NHS. They need all the support they can get in these difficult times and the College will do everything we can to fight their corner and make sure they receive the money that is rightfully theirs."

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New GP app could lead to patients being 'cherry picked' and create 'twin track' general practice, warns RCGP

"Technology can achieve wonderful things when used properly, but we are really worried that schemes like this are creating a twin-track approach to NHS general practice and that patients are being 'cherry-picked', which could actually increase the pressures on traditional GPs based in the community.

"We understand that with increasingly long waiting times to see a GP, an online service is convenient and appealing, but older patients and those living with more complex needs want continuity of care and the security of their local practice where their GPs know them.

"We notice there is an extensive list of patient conditions such as frailty, pregnancy and mental health conditions that are the essence of general practice and which GPs deal with every day, but which are not eligible for this service.

"We are also concerned that patients are being given the option of switching back to their local surgery if they are not satisfied with the level of service offered by the app. As well as issues with patient confidentiality and the safety of the patient record, it is hard to see how this could be achieved without adding to the huge burden of red tape that GPs are already grappling with.

"While this scheme is backed by the NHS and offers a free service to patients, it is undoubtedly luring GPs away from frontline general practice at a time when we are facing a severe workforce crisis and hardworking GPs are struggling to cope with immense workloads.

"The real and long-term solution lies in greater investment in general practice. In England, this means the delivery of the NHS England GP Forward View, which would mean £2.4billion extra a year for general practice, 5,000 more GPs, and 5,000 more members of the practice team."

 

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NI GP of the Year Award 2017 - Belfast doctor recognised for exceptional treatment and care

Dr Holly Dunlop and her patient Ms Janette Connor
Reflecting on the care she received from Dr Dunlop (left in picture), patient Ms Janette Connor told RCGPNI: "A little over two years ago, I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. From the outset, Dr Dunlop has treated me as me – and not just as another patient with a chronic illness. We established a good trusting relationship quickly and she has taken an interest in me and my life, not just in my condition. Dr Dunlop has always been an advocate for me when things weren't going well, she has talked me through my worries and she follows up on my queries, no matter how big or small. Her genuine care has helped me back on my feet time and time again – she gives me hope that things will get better."

Accepting the award, Dr Dunlop thanked Ms Connor for her moving nomination and paid tribute to the staff of Ormeau Park Surgery for their hard work. Dr Dunlop said: "I am delighted to have been chosen as GP of the Year for 2017. I very much enjoy being a GP and it is an honour to receive this award – especially having been nominated by one of my patients. Each of my patients deserve the best possible care and support I can give them and it has been my privilege to help Janette through this difficult and challenging time in her life."

The RCGPNI GP of the Year award was presented at the annual New Members', Fellows' and Awards Ceremony on Saturday 4 November in Queen's University Belfast, where the College welcomed a new generation of GPs to follow in Dr Dunlop's footsteps.

Speaking at the event, RCGPNI Chair Dr Grainne Doran said: "Today, we are very pleased to be welcoming new family doctors to the profession and we wish them every success in their future careers as general practitioners. I would like to warmly congratulate Dr Dunlop on winning the award for GP of the Year. It is a huge honour to have your commitment and service to patients acknowledged, and to hear how excellent care can really change people's lives.

"It is important, in a landscape of significant challenges for our profession regarding recruitment and workload, to take the opportunity to celebrate success and achievements. It is vital that more medical students see the true potential and rewards of a career as a family doctor and understand the life-changing service they can provide for patients like Janette Connor."

RCGPNI has been working on behalf of family doctors in Northern Ireland by calling on the government to fully support GPs and patients with appropriate resources so GPs can have the tools they need to provide the best possible care for all patients in Northern Ireland. The College continues to urgent political leaders to put patients before politics, and take urgent action to address the challenges our health service is facing.

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