Workload woes of GPs highlighted
Wednesday 16th October 2013, 5:30PM BST.
Family doctors are “running around a hamster wheel just trying to stand still”, a leading doctor has said.
General practitioners are grappling with huge workloads, Dr Richard Vautrey said.
And Dr Vautrey, who is chair of the British Medical Association’s GP committee, told the Best Practice primary care conference in Birmingham that the “worst is yet to come”.
He said: ” The number one issue facing GPs, practice managers and nurses is workload, workload, workload.
“We are running around that hamster wheel just trying to stand still…The fear is, is that the worst is yet to come.
“The reality is you are providing general practice on 7.47% of the total NHS funding cake. That is what you are surviving on.”
Earlier this month the Royal College of GPs warned that family doctors are facing a £400 million “black hole” in funding which is having a “disastrous effect on patient care” – just days after David Cameron said they must open surgeries for longer.
The College called on the Government to plug the gap, arguing that the amount spent on general practice per person in England has dropped 7% in real terms due to a combination of funding cuts and population growth.
The Prime Minister said he wanted surgeries to be open from 8am-8pm seven days a week to counter complaints that working people find it hard to get seen by a family doctor.