GPs under pressure

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FAMILY doctors in Wiltshire are under pressure because of increasing workloads and a shortage of new GPs according to south Wiltshire practitioners.

Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s governing body was told that savings had to be made by using acute hospitals less and treating patients at home or close to their home in the community.

But Dr Celia Grummitt, vice-chairman of the Sarum Group of GPs, said while GPs understood this, workloads were increasing and resources strained.

Dr Grummitt, of the Cross Plain practice in Shrewton and Durrington, said: “GPs are feeling under pressure and under resourced to do the day job. The NHS is not looking well.

“We have doctors working 15 hour days; they are not going to run off and leave their patients, but they can’t sustain it.”

Dr Toby Davies, chairman of the Sarum Group and a GP in Ludgershall and Tidworth, said: “The Government’s new contract (for GPs) has made it worse. For two per cent of our most vulnerable patients we have to contact them and write a care plan. In many ways it’s a good idea but they have given us just two months to do that.”

He said a survey by Wessex Local Medical Committee had found that 430 GPs will retire in the next two years and only 300 GPs were being trained.

Dr Grummitt said: “There is a shortage of GPs, and young doctors are leaving this country in their droves. Fifty per cent of current student doctors say they will go abroad.”

The CCG meeting, held in Devizes on May 20, was told that it had ended the 2013/14 financial year with a £5m surplus, as planned. This money will be returned to the Department of Health.

For this financial year the CCG plans to finish with a surplus of £5.3m. Its budget has increased by almost £4m to £525m.

It plans to redesign services to release £11.6m, of which £7m will be from acute hospitals.

The CCG’s annual report and accounts are due to be published on its website on June 13.

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9:36am Tue 3 Jun 14

Old Salisbury Boy says...

Things can only get worse as the Ministry of Defence house another 3000 military family's here by 2019, whilst the soldiers have their own medical facilities the partners and children all use the NHS GP's Dentists etc!
As this is to be co-ordinate by Wiltshire council do not expect much to change!!
Things can only get worse as the Ministry of Defence house another 3000 military family's here by 2019, whilst the soldiers have their own medical facilities the partners and children all use the NHS GP's Dentists etc! As this is to be co-ordinate by Wiltshire council do not expect much to change!! Old Salisbury Boy
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2:05am Wed 4 Jun 14

IanMcL says...

“There is a shortage of GPs, and young doctors are leaving this country in their droves. Fifty per cent of current student doctors say they will go abroad.”

Perhaps they should be contracted to NHS for a minimum term, or train overseas as well!
“There is a shortage of GPs, and young doctors are leaving this country in their droves. Fifty per cent of current student doctors say they will go abroad.” Perhaps they should be contracted to NHS for a minimum term, or train overseas as well! IanMcL
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9:04am Wed 4 Jun 14

Old Salisbury Boy says...

IanMcL wrote:
“There is a shortage of GPs, and young doctors are leaving this country in their droves. Fifty per cent of current student doctors say they will go abroad.”

Perhaps they should be contracted to NHS for a minimum term, or train overseas as well!
50% of Doctors in training are from abroad in the first place.
It's time to reform how medical schools are financed to make it more attractive to have UK students on the scheme.
Unfortunately our bloated med schools need foreign students because of their higher fees/income.
[quote][p][bold]IanMcL[/bold] wrote: “There is a shortage of GPs, and young doctors are leaving this country in their droves. Fifty per cent of current student doctors say they will go abroad.” Perhaps they should be contracted to NHS for a minimum term, or train overseas as well![/p][/quote]50% of Doctors in training are from abroad in the first place. It's time to reform how medical schools are financed to make it more attractive to have UK students on the scheme. Unfortunately our bloated med schools need foreign students because of their higher fees/income. Old Salisbury Boy
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10:09am Fri 6 Jun 14

Grampie says...

NHS reform is going well, then
NHS reform is going well, then Grampie
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10:18pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Schoolmum999 says...

If you want to see the NHS under pressure, take a look at the ED of Salisbury Hospital. Busier than ever because people can't get an appointment to see a GP. Salisbury Hospital and their staff are excellent, but this government is cutting their budget again, so don't be surprised if excellent services like ED are soon under threat.
If you want to see the NHS under pressure, take a look at the ED of Salisbury Hospital. Busier than ever because people can't get an appointment to see a GP. Salisbury Hospital and their staff are excellent, but this government is cutting their budget again, so don't be surprised if excellent services like ED are soon under threat. Schoolmum999
  • Score: 1

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