Hunt tells GPs it’s up to them to them to find ways of squeezing in an extra hour of appointments into their day.
“Richard Vautrey, chair of the British Medical Association’s GP Committee, spoke out after Jeremy Hunt admitted “underinvestment” has made it “much harder” for patients to have one familiar GP.” …
… In his speech Mr Hunt promised £2.4billion for GPs by 2021, announced £20,000 ‘golden hellos’ for 200 rural GPs a year to boost numbers, and pledged a new state-backed scheme to cut soaring indemnity fees.
He also rebooted his pledge to ensure 5,000 more GPs by 2020 – despite numbers falling by 350 since he made it.
But he clashed with GPs by declaring he couldn’t solve the NHS crisis for them.
And he urged surgeries to find ways to “release between 45 and 60 minutes per GP per day” such as holding appointments online.
RCGP chair Prof Helen Stokes-Lampard warned GPs were “knackered”, “at the end of their tether” and facing “burnout”.
[Hunt continued]: “I’m sorry if that’s what you think. But let me be clear.
“I did not say when I was here before that we were going to solve these problems overnight.” He added: “You can make a big difference in your own practices.”