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30th March 2022

Rebuild general practice campaign launch

GPs and their teams faced an extremely challenging time during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, general practice in England continues to face a worsening workforce crisis. BMA research published last year showed that the NHS has lost nearly 2,000 full-time equivalent GPs in England since 2015.

In response, working in partnership, the BMA and GPDF have launched the Rebuild General Practice campaign. To launch the campaign, Dr Kieran Sharrock, GPC England Deputy Chair, gave a keynote speech earlier this week at the King’s Fund, where he was joined by Jeremy Hunt MP, to outline the impact on patients that the workforce crisis is having.

You can read more about the launch event on the BMA website

To coincide with the launch, the campaign released the findings of a survey of GPs in England, Wales, and Scotland, which showed that:

  • nearly nine in 10 GPs fear patients aren't always safe at their surgeries 
  • 7 out of 10 GPs feel the risk to ‘patient safety’ is increasing
  • staff shortages and too little time for appointments were main factors putting patients at risk
  • 86% of GPs stated they didn’t have enough time with patients
  • 77% of GPs said GP shortages were putting patient safety at risk.

It is vital that we build as much support for the campaign as possible. You can find more information on the campaign website  You can also follow and share content, news and updates on the campaign Twitter account