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woensdag 10 januari 2018

RCGP: College reaction to Cabinet reshuffle

College reaction to Cabinet reshuffle

"We support the bringing together of health and social care into the portfolio of one minister as we recognise that what happens to patients in the NHS is profoundly impacted by the state of social care.

"General practice is currently facing intense resource and workforce pressures. Our workload has risen by at least 16% over the last seven years, but the share of the NHS budget our service receives is less than it was a decade ago, and our workforce has not risen at pace with demand.

"GPs and our teams conduct the vast majority of patient contacts in the NHS. We provide the most cost-effective service in the NHS and in doing so we alleviate pressures right across the health service and social care sector, and we keep our patients safe.

"It is essential that the Department of Health and Social Care delivers on its commitment to NHS England's GP Forward View, including the promises of £2.4bn extra a year for general practice and 5,000 more GPs by 2020."

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GPs in Northern Ireland call on politicians to 'put patients first and save our health service'

The Royal College of General Practitioners Northern Ireland claims that the stalemate is now having a direct impact on patient care and preventing urgent healthcare improvements.

The College wants urgent action to address GP shortages and workload issues so that patients can receive the care and services they need in their communities, before the 'system deteriorates further'.

The call is supported by a YouGov poll, commissioned by the College, in which over 80% of people said they were worried that political instability would delay necessary healthcare improvements.

In the same poll, more than four-fifths (84%) of people agreed that more family doctors were needed in Northern Ireland to meet the healthcare needs of the population.

RCGPNI Chair, Dr Grainne Doran, said: "Our survey results showed that healthcare was the top priority and that patients were worried about the effect of political instability on our healthcare service. This is now proving to be the case."

In March 2016, the Department of Health published the GP-led Care Review. This report outlines the necessary actions, as determined by primary care stakeholders, that need to be implemented to secure the future of general practice.

While acknowledging the funding of increased GP training places, the College says that significant work still needs to be done around the retention of trained GPs across Northern Ireland. The report also contains other important issues that are still outstanding, such as improvement of practice premises and increased support for GPs through the primary care team.  

Dr Doran continued: "General practice needs urgent support to make sure patients get the services they deserve. Much still needs to be done to address the shortfalls in the GP workforce, tackle increasing levels of workload and improve GP retention.

"RCGPNI is calling on politicians to put patients first and show a united front on health and social care reform. We must not let our system deteriorate further. 

"Political leaders must do the jobs they were elected to do and take action to save our health service."

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RCGP response to Pulse survey on non-urgent general practice services

"This isn't something GPs want to do - but we need to ensure we are using our finite resources where they are needed most urgently, and a great deal of thought will be given whenever difficult decisions like this are made, so that we can continue to deliver the safest patient care possible.

"We would like to thank all of our patients for their patience and understanding at this particularly difficult time for general practice and the wider NHS, and offer reassurance that we will try our hardest to restart offering any routine services that might have been temporarily suspended as soon as possible."

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