Improvement must be underpinned by investment in general practice, says RCGP in response to Health Secretary’s speech on elderly and vulnerable.
RCGP Chair Dr Clare Gerada said:
“We welcome the Government’s recognition that care for the elderly and vulnerable needs to be improved. But we need to discuss the practical realities of what ministers are actually proposing and we remain concerned that the pooling of health and social care resources will lead to money being diverted away from GP services
“GPs want to improve the continuity and personalisation of patient care, but improvement must be underpinned by investment and what we should be doing is putting more money into mainstream general practice to enable us to strengthen what we know already works well.
“For 65 years, GPs have been the backbone of the NHS, helping to make it fair, safe, and value for money. Putting more money into general practice is vital to fortify the NHS for our patients and sustain it over the next decades.
“GPs carry out 90% of patient contacts in the NHS yet receive only 9% of the NHS budget. As patients are living longer with complex and multiple conditions, GPs are facing ever-increasing demands and responsibilities whilst resources are decreasing, and this has concerning implications for patient care.
“It is time general practice was properly funded to deliver excellent care for all patients, including the elderly and vulnerable.”
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Notes to editor
The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 44,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.