We bring you the latest news from the healthcare about the health care in the United Kingdom.

woensdag 28 februari 2018

RCGP: Doubling of diabetes cases could reflect better early diagnosis, but is still 'dramatic and disappointing', say...

Doubling of diabetes cases could reflect better early diagnosis, but is still 'dramatic and disappointing', says RCGP

"This report lays bare the true cost of diabetes, in human and financial terms. The fact that most Type 2 cases are brought on as a result of our modern lifestyles and are therefore preventable makes it even more shocking.

"GPs want our patients to live long, healthy and fulfilling lives and we try our best to talk with them about simple lifestyle changes that can have a positive impact on their health.

"But the buck cannot stop with healthcare professionals alone - educators, food manufacturers, retailers and others all have a part to play.

"The College has supported a tax on sugary drinks, but a levy on its own will not solve the obesity crisis. It must be part of a much broader strategy including measures to improve eating and snacking habits, and ways to increase levels of physical activity amongst people of all ages."

Read more

Promoting the Welsh language in Welsh general practice is welcome but we need to be realistic about workforce and workload challenges says RCGP Wales

On Tuesday 27 February the Welsh Government outlined its regulations which specify Welsh language standards for bodies including health boards and NHS trusts. They do not apply to many primary care providers, including GP surgeries (apart from the small number managed by health boards).

Dr Rebecca Payne, RCGP Wales Chair, said:

"We would like patients to be able to speak the language of their choice, and many practices across Wales go to great lengths to ensure Welsh language provision is available.

"It is important to be realistic about what can be achieved given the current challenges facing primary care. We are facing a workforce shortage in general practice and finding enough Welsh speaking GPs from that pool is difficult in many areas. It can be hard for GPs to commit the necessary time to learn the language without leaving practices struggling to cover rotas and being unable to meet patient demand.

"Attracting more Welsh domiciled and Welsh speaking GPs to the profession would be a positive long-term solution. In the short-term, health boards should consider the resources for language support available to practices, and we can consider how we can work with our primary care colleagues in multidisciplinary teams.

"We welcome attempts to increase Welsh language provision in general practice, and in the interests of getting the best results we hope these attempts recognise the pressures our profession is under."

Read more

Royal College of GPs respond to British Social Attitudes survey into public perception of health and social care

"But while we are very disappointed in these figures, they are hardly surprising as what we are seeing now is symptomatic of the inevitable effects of a decade of underinvestment in our family doctor service – and just not having enough GPs in the system to meet demand.

"Traditionally, patients report very high levels of satisfaction and trust in their GPs and we don't believe that these figures reflect the high standard of care most patients are receiving in general practice. But we can understand – and we share - their frustration as they face longer and longer waiting times for GP appointments.

"GPs and our teams are working incredibly hard to deliver more and more consultations - today alone, GPs and our teams will see more than 1 million patients across the country.

"Our service is the lifeblood of the NHS – we manage risk and uncertainly as well as considering all aspects of our patients' lives when delivering care.

"Without general practice, other NHS services would crumble, but we urgently need more support, including more GPs, if we are to deliver the safe and effective care that our patients need and have come to rely on.

"We desperately need the pledges made in NHS England's GP Forward View – including £2.4bn more a year for general practice, 5,000 more GPs and 5,000 more members of the wider practice team by 2020 – to be delivered in full."

Read more