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vrijdag 18 mei 2018

RCGP: RCGPNI responds to HSC Workforce Strategy

RCGPNI responds to HSC Workforce Strategy

"Under this strategy, GP workforce pressures must be addressed. General practice sits at the heart of our primary care workforce and the reality is that we currently do not have enough GPs to meet the demands of our population. Adding to the pressure, 23.2% of GPs in NI are aged 55 or over. We know that our population is ageing and people will require more health and social care treatment and support in the coming years, provided within the community.

"It is essential that the full needs of the general practice profession and services are assessed and plans are put in place to deliver sustainable solutions. To do this effectively, we need to know how many full-time equivalent doctors are working in general practice and how many we will need for the future; the changing nature of GP services and the volume of work that is, or will be, provided in a community setting must be accounted for; measures need to be put in place to retain the doctors we have and to attract GPs to come and work in Northern Ireland; and health and social care careers must be promoted, with more young people encouraged to consider a career in general practice and other professions. This Strategy provides the parameters for this vital work.

The College also welcomes the emphasis on staff health and wellbeing - our workforce is our best asset and if we are to transform our health service, we must first support our staff. GPs are working under immense strain, and supporting doctors to protect their own health is essential. We must take this opportunity to assess the needs of the entire workforce and put suitable measures in place to support those on the frontline who are working as hard as they can each day to provide the best possible care to patients.

"The success of the strategy will be determined by the detail of the action plans to deliver these ambitious goals right across the service. We look forward to working with the Department of Health and stakeholders to ensure we have a sufficient, well-supported GP workforce to provide the modern, excellent health and social care services that our patients deserve."

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GPs still 'dealing with the fallout' of Capita failures, says College

"This is a damning but fair account that highlights how NHS contracts have been awarded to private companies, such as Capita, for work that is substantially more complex than had been assumed, and that they have failed to deliver effectively as a result – with GPs, our teams and our patients suffering the consequences.

"The long list of failures made by Capita have been incredibly frustrating for GPs and our teams, and we are still dealing with the fallout - including a significant additional administrative burden - at a time when practices are already working under intense resource and workforce pressures.

"Some of these failings have led to trained healthcare professionals being unable to work in the NHS, at a time when general practice and the wider health service is crying out for people to deliver patient care. Other failures have involved mismanagement of tasks that might seem on the face of it to be low risk but can have serious consequences for our patients' safety if consistently completed inadequately.

"Moving forward, lessons must be learnt by the NHS, but also by companies bidding for NHS contracts who need to realise that by taking on this work, patient care and patient safety lies in their hands. Patient safety must always be the number one priority when awarding private companies contracts for any work in the health service."

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More than one in five Scottish GPs are so stressed they feel they cannot cope at least once a week

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, the Royal College of General Practitioners Scotland (RCGP Scotland) has published the figures to raise awareness of the impact of rising workloads on GPs'own mental health and wellbeing.

Due to a shortage of family doctors, GPs are struggling to cope with rising demand and are having to work harder, over longer hours, to provide care for their communities. RCGP Scotland has previously shown how Scotland needs 856 extra full time GPs by 2021.

The College has now launched a further survey to further explore the link between GP workload and wellbeing and to help identify possible solutions to the pressures GPs are under.

Responding to the statistics, RCGP Scotland Chair, Dr Carey Lunan, said:

"These findings are very worrying. The GP shortage has been putting GPs under increasing pressure to provide a safe and sustainable 24-hour service to ensure that all patients receive care as and when they need it.

"GPs working in daytime services have told me that they are now routinely working 12-13 hour days without taking time for breaks. It is clear from these findings that this pressure is taking its predictable toll on Scotland's family doctors. That can only have negative knock on effects for how able GPs are to provide for the health of our patients.

"Family doctors across Scotland want to provide compassionate care, and many GPs have repeatedly gone above and beyond for their patients when they needed it most. However, for GPs to continue providing high quality care, we need to ensure that they are also able to look after their own wellbeing. In Mental Health Awareness Week, I am hopeful that GPs looking at and speaking out about their own health will encourage others to do the same. Many still feel there is a stigma to seeking help.

"For the sake of the profession, for our patients, and for the future of the NHS as a whole, we need to ensure that GPs are valued, supported and empowered. That will encourage GPs to enter and remain in the profession and help ensure the future of Scottish general practice.

"Promoting GP wellbeing is a priority during my time as Chair of RCGP Scotland. This week, we have launched a survey to explore GP workload in more depth and see how it is affecting GPs across the country. We will be using these findings to help identify solutions to some of the challenges faced by general practice.

"I appreciate that time is any GP's most precious resource but I would strongly encourage all GPs to complete this survey if at all possible."

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