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Inappropriate workload shift to General practice by other Providers is not new, it is a long-standing issue which has grown over decades to become ingrained into everyday practice.
The practices we serve across Salford and Trafford have reported a significant increase of workload shift over the last 12 months exacerbated by the Covid pandemic, due to services being paused, with variable rates of services’ reinstatement between Providers, as well as through the introduction of new systems by Providers to ‘build back better’, resulting in a further shift of work inappropriately to General Practice, perhaps unwittingly.
Released by the BMA Thursday 21st October
'The BMA’s England GP committee, which represents grassroots GPs in England, has formally rejected the package of measures recently heralded by the Health Secretary as the answer to the crisis facing general practice.
At a meeting earlier today, there was unanimous support from committee members to reject the plan published last week, which fundamentally failed to address the ongoing crisis in general practice, and for GPs to not engage in its implementation.
In addition, the committee has called on practices to disengage with wider requirements and demands, as well as taking steps towards industrial action over the Government’s decision to impose plans on GP earnings declarations and forcing GPs to oversee the Covid vaccination exemption process'.
With huge thanks to Dr Zakariya Goga, GP Partner and Trainer in Sale for sharing his reflections, and allowing us to publish.
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The current torrential and relentless vilification of General Practice - the very bedrock of the NHS; that should General Practice fail the entire NHS will fail - is taking a serious toll on the profession.
BMA press release:
Responding to the publication by the Department of Health and NHS England and NHS Improvement today, outlining their plans to improve access for NHS patients and support for GPs, BMA GP committee chair Dr Richard Vautrey said:
“After weeks of promising an ‘emergency package’ to rescue general practice, we’re hugely dismayed that whilst additional funding has been promised, the package as a whole offers very little and shows a Government completely out of touch with the scale of the crisis on the ground".
Due to the unprecedented demand placed on General Practice prior to and during the Covid 19 response, the LMC has launched a survey for Salford and Trafford Practices to complete, as many of you are working far in excess of safe and acceptable limits.
The survey went live on Tuesday 5th October asking for details on the inappropriate workload shift from other providers to General Practice, and can be accessed via the below link.
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