High quality general practice fundamental for patients and the wider NHS

22 June 2022

Responding to the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) campaign's Fit for the Future: a new plan for GPs and their patients, the director of policy and strategy at NHS Providers, Miriam Deakin said:

"This report importantly highlights the many challenges general practice and the primary care sector are facing.

"High quality, accessible general practice remains fundamental for patients and the wider NHS, helping people to stay well and make healthy choices, as well as acting as a door for referral on to secondary care.

"Similarly to the current workforce crisis in secondary care, we agree with RCGP that more needs to be done to attract, retain and develop staff for general practice specifically.

"The NHS should not be put in a position where investment in one part of the service comes at the cost of another, but we do agree that there must be more investment and support for general practice.

"This report is further evidence of the fault lines underpinning the NHS as we entered the pandemic, including a decade-long financial squeeze, significant workforce shortages and a growing mismatch between capacity and demand, as well as a social care system in need of reform."

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