Sajid Javid’s new £ 250m GP access package has been strongly criticized by experts for being “untouched” by the great pressure facing primary care.
With the new measures announced today, GP practices can increase availability and increase the number of face-to-face appointments and same-day care.
The health minister announced the plan, saying the new package “can tackle performance degradation, relieve staff pressure, spend more time with patients and increase the number of face-to-face appointments.”
However, Dr. Jess Harvey said it was “insulting” for the Minister of Health to claim that the GP was “poor” when many of her colleagues were “moving the knuckle to the bone.” ..
She invited Mr Javid to attend her general practitioner’s practice and “see what I do every day to show where I’m doing poorly.”
The GP also said the government’s new plans could not address the “real-world” problems faced by doctors’ surgery, and that general practice was “kneeling.”
She told the BBC Radio 4 Today program:
“And to be honest, they don’t really touch on what’s happening in the real world of the NHS and what we’re facing.”
The British Medical Association (BMA) has also criticized the rescue package, claiming that the government has shown that it is “not in contact” with the crisis of general practitioners.
Dr. Richard Vautrey, Chairman of the BMAGP Committee, said: I was in danger.
“Unfortunately, this offer only tinkers with the edges and cannot alleviate unnecessary burdens, thus not freeing up time for doctors to see more patients.”
He added that the GP was “feared” that the package was presented as “a lifeline of common practice, even though the ships could actually be sunk all at once.”
However, the Minister of Health defended the new package and said it would help improve access to the GP.
Javid also reassured that doctors’ funding was undoubtedly “additional funding” and not part of the current winter booster budget.
“It’s all extra money and all that penny,” he said. “This is the money we’ve secured in the spending round discussions just a few weeks ago.”
The new package “includes actions on multiple fronts,” he said.
“There are also steps taken by the UK Health Security Agency to change social distance guidance and expand community pharmacy schemes.
“When you put this all together, the GP can meet more people and see it faster.”
The new announcement also includes plans to introduce a league table for family doctors.
Javid said providing “more data, more transparency” would help raise the bar for GP practices across the country.
The Minister of Health is seeking surgery to ensure that “patients can choose” whether to look directly at their GP.
According to official figures, 58% of general practitioner appointments in the UK in August were face-to-face.
In August 2019, before the pandemic, 80% of bookings were made directly.
A new YouGov poll suggests that two-thirds prefer face-to-face promises.
In a survey of 5,400 adults in the UK, when asked what type of GP they would like to book, 66% wanted face-to-face bookings, 5% wanted video consultation, and 25% what. I answered that I don’t care. The type they will receive.
Pollsters surveyed 5,415 GB of adults on October 13, 2021.