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maandag 12 februari 2018

RCGP: GPs as specialists - an update, February 2018

GPs as specialists - an update, February 2018

Since the publication of our joint statement we have welcomed the acknowledgement from the General Medical Council (GMC) of the huge and vital contribution GPs make to healthcare in the UK by providing expert care and treatment to millions of patients every year – and that it would positively consider a request from all four UK governments to explore expanding the specialist register to include general practice.

We also acknowledge the support of the Medical Schools Council (MSC) and Health Education England, through their November 2016 publication 'By choice – not by chance', for the formal recognition of GPs as specialists and the establishment of a single GMC register. General practice is facing an ongoing workforce crisis, yet it's clear that the lack of formal recognition of general practice as a specialty is holding back medical students and junior doctors from pursuing a career as GPs. A recent publication by RCGP and MSC – Destination GP – provided further evidence that during their training, medical students are experiencing denigration about general practice as a career from a wide range of sources. Formal recognition of general practice as a specialty would help to counter misconceptions being spread about the specialist nature of the GP role.

GPs are expert medical generalists who must be valued as such. We therefore call upon the four UK health departments, working with the GMC, to bring forward legislative proposals to the UK Parliament to update the Medical Act to recognise general practitioners as specialists and grant them parity of esteem with senior doctors in other branches of medical practice.

As we work to bring about change at a UK level we will also continue to fully support our European colleagues in UEMO (the European Union of General Practitioners/Family Physicians) in their ongoing pursuit to secure recognition through amendments to European legislation.

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair, Royal College of General Practitioners UK

Dr Richard Vautrey, Chair, BMA General Practioners Committee UK

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£100million fund is an opportunity to invest in general practice and help patients receive high quality care close to their homes – RCGP Wales

The Royal College of General Practitioners (Wales) has welcomed the Welsh Government's announcement of further details of a £100million fund for the Welsh NHS, which provides an opportunity to invest in general practice and help patients receive high quality care close to their homes.

The fund is split across two years, with £50million available in 2018/19 and £50million available in 2019/20.

Dr Rebecca Payne, Chair of RCGP Wales, said:

"We welcome the continued emphasis on building primary care services and providing care closer to home. Supporting general practice is key to this and we hope specific investment in this area will be forthcoming. General practice's share of NHS spend has been decreasing and this is an opportunity to begin to redress this.

"An increase in GP training places to 200 a year would boost the workforce and help ensure patients get convenient appointments. A sustainable solution on indemnity would let GPs spend more time treating patients. Funding and training to facilitate GPs and other healthcare professionals working together will help deliver a primary care system to meet today's challenges.

"It will also be necessary to provide extensive financial support to practices coping with the upcoming change in IT systems.

"This funding provides an opportunity to help patients receive high quality healthcare closer to their home, and we hope it is taken."

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Consider the pharmacist, but worried parents should trust their instinct, says College

She said: "GPs and our teams across the country are currently facing intense resource and workforce pressures, and patients can certainly help to ease this pressure by seeking advice from a pharmacist where appropriate, before making an appointment to see their GP.

"This new advice from NHS England is in line with the College's own '3 before GP' guidance to encouraging patients to ask themselves whether they do actually need the expert medical care of a GP, or whether self-care, consulting a reputable online source such as NHS Choices, or asking a pharmacist for advice would be appropriate.

"Pharmacists are highly-skilled medical professionals who play an important role in advising patients on a huge variety of minor illnesses and conditions, and recommending over-the-counter treatments and basic self-care guidance. Crucially, they are also trained to look out for symptoms that could potentially indicate serious conditions, and advise when GP or emergency care is necessary.

"But of course, they are not GPs and in an emergency or situation where genuinely unsure, patients should always seek expert medical assistance, particularly if parents see potentially serious symptoms in their child such as a very high temperature that doesn't respond to simple measures, features of dehydration or lethargy.

"We also understand that all parents worry when their child falls ill, and that ultimately, they are best placed to identify when something really isn't right with their child. So, if parents notice anything of significant concern in child's health or behaviour they should of course seek the advice of a GP or ringing NHS 111."

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