Written evidence submitted by Anonymous (FGP0006)

 

What are the main barriers to accessing general practice and how can these be tackled?

Poor workforce planning – not enough GPs.

To what extent does the Government and NHS England’s plan for improving access for patients and supporting general practice address these barriers?

Not well

What are the impacts when patients are unable to access general practice using their preferred method?

Inconvenience and risk of adverse health outcomes

What role does having a named GP—and being able to see that GP—play in providing patients with the continuity of care they need?

A nice idea but unrealistic, given the number of GPs, that his will have any significant effect.

What are the main challenges facing general practice in the next 5 years?

Recruitment and retention of staff.  Ever increasing workload. Negative spin from minsters and the media.

How does regional variation shape the challenges facing general practice in different parts of England, including rural areas?

Hard to recruit to challenging and understaffed areas that doctors may not wish to live in without significant financial incentives.

What part should general practice play in the prevention agenda?

Hard to address while we are firefighting daily crises.

What can be done to reduce bureaucracy and burnout, and improve morale, in general practice?

Improve staffing levels, improve pay, take real steps to prevent every Tom, Dick and Hancock telling people to get a note from their GP and secondary care passing workload to primary care.

How can the current model of general practice be improved to make it more sustainable in the long term? In particular:

Is the traditional partnership model in general practice sustainable given recruitment challenges, the prioritisation of integrated care and the shift towards salaried GP posts? Seems form the question like you have already decided the answer?

Do the current contracting and payment systems in general practice encourage proactive, personalised, coordinated and integrated care? They may do so but current staffing and time pressures mean that these remain a pipe dream.

Has the development of Primary Care Networks improved the delivery of proactive, personalised, coordinated and integrated care and reduced the administrative burden on GPs?No

To what extent has general practice been able to work in effective partnerships with other professions within primary care and beyond to free more GP time for patient care? Not a great deal.

 

Nov 2021