“Crisis in general medicine”
Dr Richard Vautrey, Chairman of the BMA GP Committee, said: “General practitioners have no choice but to take this step.
“All efforts to persuade the government to introduce a workable plan that will bring immediate and longer-term improvement for physicians and their patients have so far failed.
“The government has completely ignored our demands for red tape reduction to allow us to focus more on patient care, so we are encouraging physicians to step out of this bureaucracy themselves.
“The ultimate outcome should be to end the current crisis in general practice, properly support practices to manage the pressure of their workload, including safely overcoming the backlog of care caused by the pandemic and to provide safe service to patients, allowing time to create an agreed upon long-term plan to make general practice sustainable for the future. “
“The provocative plans have turned against them”
Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Daisy Cooper said: “It shows that the government’s deliberately provocative plans to appoint and shame general practitioners have backfired.
“Sajid Javid must now calm the rhetoric and get around the table with doctors and patient groups to find a way forward. “
“It would be unforgivable if, as we enter a winter crisis, people cannot access their local GPs. “
This is a damning report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) warning that the current health care and social protection system “was not working” for staff, nor for those who depend on them.
The watchdog has raised concerns that care homes are on the verge of collapse, with staff abandoning their jobs in favor of working in pubs and restaurants.
The CQC said Britain was facing a “tsunami” of unmet need, with growing numbers of older people likely struggling to access the care they need, without major reform.
Their report also warned that more than half of accident and emergency services are not good enough – with 53 percent classified as inadequate or in need of improvement.
And it raised concerns about patient access to GPs, too many people struggling to get the appointments they wanted, when practices shifted to a more distant model of care during the pandemic.
He added: “The results of our inspections highlighted problems with the telephone systems, resulting in long wait times, people cut off while waiting, and repeated engagement tones causing frustration in people trying to get through. pass. “
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs said: “General practitioners have done a phenomenal job during the most difficult 18 months in living memory.
“We want patients to be able to see their GP quickly and however they choose. Our plan will improve access and increase face-to-face appointments – it includes providing an additional £ 250million to GPs to increase capacity.
“We are also cutting red tape and GP teams will receive targeted support that will ease staff pressure and free up their time to be spent with patients.
“The number of full-time equivalent physicians in general medicine increased between March 2016 and March 2021, and last year a record number of physicians began training as general practitioners.”