There have been significant problems with support services for general practice. At the BMA’s July meeting of the General Practitioners’ Committee (GPC) a vote of no confidence was passed in Capita’s handling of its contract to deliver Primary Care Support Services. LLR LMC and the GPC are working to resolve problems, to raise awareness and to advise practices of the practical steps which can be taken. Capita has released figures which show that since 1 April 2016 their performance against expected demand has been suboptimal. It is also clear that the demand for primary care services has been higher than the activity forecast.
Recently I spoke to BBC Radio Leicester about the challenges of caring for patients with long term conditions in the community.
"We know that medical science has advanced so much over the years that actually we are very good at diagnosis and treatment of long term conditions. It is well recognised that people with long term conditions are managed effectively in the community.
At a time of unprecedented demand on family doctors, another bureaucratic exercise designed to reduce the level of funding to your GP practice is deeply concerning. We hope the powers that be re-think this scheme. We encourage patients to self-care, so why would we then say if you don’t have a GP consultation for 5 years you risk losing your GP registration? This will waste precious GP appointments and could disadvantage the most vulnerable patients.