“Traditional family doctor could ‘die out’ as soaring workloads and Tory cuts trigger exodus”

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.”

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/traditional-family-doctor-could-die-11333899

One thought on ““Traditional family doctor could ‘die out’ as soaring workloads and Tory cuts trigger exodus”

  1. “Hunt tells GPs it’s up to them to them to find ways of squeezing in an extra hour of appointments into their day.”

    Or translated from Tory-speak into real english “Hunt tells GPs to work an extra hour’s unpaid overtime – on top of their existing long hours, and regardless of the long-term consequences on GP retention and recruitment – in order that the Government can avoid investing in additional GPs.”

    It’s difficult to know for sure what Jeremy “Thick” Hunt’s real intentions are – because all the evidence indicates he is not being open about the Conservative Party’s real health services agenda – but perhaps his plan is deliberately to create a shortage of GPs so that he can then privatise GP services to his own companies, his mates companies and the Tory sponsor’s companies on the basis that the NHS cannot recruit sufficient GPs.

    Remember, if you voted Conservative in the last 3 general elections, then a lack of GPs will be your fault. Next time, make sure that you know what you are voting for.

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