LMC Helps Local MP Raise General Practice with Ministers
Publication date: June 2022
The LMC has worked with Hull North MP Dame Diana Johnson to raise issues affecting general practice with government ministers. This has come in response to concerns voiced by our constituents, with one GP telling us:
“The relentless demand for appointments and pressure on practices to deliver core services creates an environment where it is almost impossible to have a successful Primary Care Network. There is very little time for strategic thinking, developing partnerships, effective planning or actual delivery of agreed plans. Until the underlying pressures are addressed, we will continue to struggle to thrive.”
We were able to point to the latest GP headcount figures, commenting;
"Despite there being 1,608 fewer fully qualified FTE GPs today than there were in 2015, each practice in England has on average 2,222 more patients than in 2015. This means the average number of patients each GP is responsible for has increased by around 300 – or 16% - since 2015. In Hull the full-time equivalent numbers have fallen from 144 GPs in 2015 to 112 GPs in 2020."
Following a meeting with LMC Chief Executive Simon Barrett and Medical Director Dr Zoe Norris, Dame Diana has been in correspondence with Maria Caulfield MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Primary Care and Patient Safety at the Department of Health, to press for action on GP workload, staff shortages and pressures in the system.