Merseyside GP crisis warning

Wirral Globe: Merseyside GP crisis warning Merseyside GP crisis warning

A looming workforce crisis among GPs could leave Merseyside with insufficient doctors to treat patients, it has been claimed.

British Medical Association research has backed shock local findings over family doctors either retiring early or leaving the UK to work abroad.

Their recent survey suggests that heavy workloads have caused six-out-of 10-GPs to consider retiring early with three out of 10 contemplating leaving general practice.

Across the county, GPs are struggling with unmanageable workloads, increasing demand and plummeting morale.

Dr Rob Barnett, BMA GP representative for Merseyside and Liverpool said: “In just the past month I have spoken to at least four or five local GPs who are considering significantly reducing their working hours or leaving the profession altogether.

“While doctors are doing their best to deliver outstanding care to their patients, we are constantly being asked to provide more services without the resources required to deliver them successfully.

“In Wirral, practices are now being asked to open 8am until 8pm, but there simply isn’t the level of staff or adequate funding to do this.

“The region is facing a recruitment crisis as practices struggle to fill vacancies; when my practice recently advertised for a new GP the number of applicants, compared to a few years ago, was down by at least 60%. “

And Dr Barnett warned: “If this situation continues and general practice loses even more dedicated doctors, it could lead to a serious workforce crisis where we don’t have enough GPs to treat our patients.”

  • On Sunday, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RGCP) said the critical state of general practice is already affecting patient care.

Dr Maureen Baker, chair of the RCGP, urged the Government to set aside more funding and that without it there would be a severe knock-on effect on the rest of the NHS.

"General practice as we know it is now under severe threat of extinction," she said.

"It is imploding faster than people realise and patients are already bearing the brunt of the problem.

"This will only get worse unless urgent action is taken to redress the huge and historic imbalance in funding."

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2:43pm Mon 24 Mar 14

ballacrain says...

It is no wonder that things are going from bad to worse and after the next general election will no doubt get even worse.
Every time there is a change of government, it is the NHS that get messed about with and the same will happen again. Why the political parties cannot allow out hospitals,doctors and all who work for the NHS to get on with the job they know are dedicated to and love is beyond me.

Ballacrain
It is no wonder that things are going from bad to worse and after the next general election will no doubt get even worse. Every time there is a change of government, it is the NHS that get messed about with and the same will happen again. Why the political parties cannot allow out hospitals,doctors and all who work for the NHS to get on with the job they know are dedicated to and love is beyond me. Ballacrain ballacrain
  • Score: 7

8:52pm Mon 24 Mar 14

nivekd says...

Indeed. Ballacrain is correct. The Tories promised no privatisation and no top down reorganisation - and that "the NHS is safe in our hands". All three promises were simply lies. We have had cuts across the board, a chaotic bureaucracy imposed locally and nationally - and lucrative contracts handed over with disastrous results to national heroes like G4S, Serco, Circle Health and Virgin and other City friends of Tory ministers. What is most ominous about the extended hours scheme is that GPs will lose funding if they don't agree to toe the line. We know that most people want their own GP, someone they have got to know and trust. If our local community GP practices are forced to close or lose funding, who will benefit? There is an unpleasant answer locally and you can find it in Wirral from local residents' Defend Our NHS group: https://www.facebook
.com/groups/defendou
rnhs/
Indeed. Ballacrain is correct. The Tories promised no privatisation and no top down reorganisation - and that "the NHS is safe in our hands". All three promises were simply lies. We have had cuts across the board, a chaotic bureaucracy imposed locally and nationally - and lucrative contracts handed over with disastrous results to national heroes like G4S, Serco, Circle Health and Virgin and other City friends of Tory ministers. What is most ominous about the extended hours scheme is that GPs will lose funding if they don't agree to toe the line. We know that most people want their own GP, someone they have got to know and trust. If our local community GP practices are forced to close or lose funding, who will benefit? There is an unpleasant answer locally and you can find it in Wirral from local residents' Defend Our NHS group: https://www.facebook .com/groups/defendou rnhs/ nivekd
  • Score: 9

9:06pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Fowler23 says...

I realise the current Labour Party offers little aside from being the lesser of two evils, but I have no idea how anyone could vote conservative. Privatise everything, ruin public services, treat the public like the enemy of the state. All while lining the pockets of their pals in business and turning a blind eye to all kinds if dodgy goings on at the top.
The fact that they are systematically dismantling the NHS is the greatest travesty of their dubious time in power and we should not stand idly by and let it happen.
This country needs a revolution.
I realise the current Labour Party offers little aside from being the lesser of two evils, but I have no idea how anyone could vote conservative. Privatise everything, ruin public services, treat the public like the enemy of the state. All while lining the pockets of their pals in business and turning a blind eye to all kinds if dodgy goings on at the top. The fact that they are systematically dismantling the NHS is the greatest travesty of their dubious time in power and we should not stand idly by and let it happen. This country needs a revolution. Fowler23
  • Score: 12

6:20am Tue 25 Mar 14

the99% says...

The drip drip drip of media propaganda saying NHS in crisis is all designed to make public believe that privatization is necessary. Tories are queueing up to profit from health
The drip drip drip of media propaganda saying NHS in crisis is all designed to make public believe that privatization is necessary. Tories are queueing up to profit from health the99%
  • Score: 9

3:04pm Tue 25 Mar 14

celiakelly says...

Absolutely agree with the 99% about the damage inflicted on the NHS by media propaganda.

An example of this damage is graphically related by an NHS doctor in her blog:
http://www.twitlonge
r.com/show/n_1s108jp


Mistrust is being deliberately created to discredit our NHS!
Absolutely agree with the 99% about the damage inflicted on the NHS by media propaganda. An example of this damage is graphically related by an NHS doctor in her blog: http://www.twitlonge r.com/show/n_1s108jp Mistrust is being deliberately created to discredit our NHS! celiakelly
  • Score: 5

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