BMA recruits 100 MPs to visit GP practices

Almost one in five of England's 533 MPs will visit a GP practice under a scheme set up by the BMA.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul: visit scheme success (Photo: Jason Heath Lancy)
Dr Chaand Nagpaul: visit scheme success (Photo: Jason Heath Lancy)

The BMA has revealed that 100 MPs 'from across the political spectrum' have signed up to a scheme launched in June, and will visit a GP practice to experience the pressures facing general practice first-hand.

GPC chairman Dr Chaand Nagpaul said: 'I am delighted that 100 MPs have taken up the BMA’s offer of spending time with a local GP practice and their staff.'

Dr Nagpaul said general practice was under strain from 'unique pressures' from an ageing society and the rise in complexity of patients' health needs.

'GPs are working harder than ever before to meet these challenges,' he said. 'More than 340 million patient consultations are now estimated to be undertaken annually by GPs.

'It is vital that politicians get a real understanding not just of the pressures that many practices are facing, but how greater support from government would help general practice deliver even better care to patients.'

BMA chairman Dr Mark Porter added: 'It is encouraging that MPs from all parties are positively engaging with the medical profession through the BMA’s practice visit scheme.'

The BMA is urging all MPs to take part in the scheme.

Full list of MPs taking part

John Bercow

Buckingham

Cons

Stewart Jackson

Peterborough

Cons

George Eustice

Camborne and Redruth

Cons

David Amess

Southend

Cons

Oliver Heald

North East Hertfordshire

Cons

Rehman Chishti

Gillingham and Rainham

Cons

Andrew Stephenson

Pendle

Cons

James Brokenshire

Old Bexley and Sidcup

Cons

Dame Angela Watkinson

Hornchurch and Upminster

Cons

Jane Ellison

Battersea

Cons

Henry Bellingham

North West Norfolk

Cons

Martin Vickers

Cleethorpes

Cons

John Howell

Henley

Cons

Sir Paul Beresford

Mole Valley

Cons

Nick Gibb

Bognor Regis and Littlehampton

Cons

Andrew Mitchell

Sutton Coldfield

Cons

Mark Lancaster

Milton Keynes North

Cons

Graham Evans

Weaver Vale

Cons

Fiona Bruce

Congleton

Cons

Anne Marie Morris

Newton Abbott

Cons

Tobias Ellwood

Bournemouth East

Cons

Christopher Chope

Christchurch

Cons

Bob Walter

North Dorset

Cons

Stephen Metcalfe

South Basildon and East Thurrock

Cons

Priti Patel

Witham

Cons

Laurence Robertson

Tewkesbury

Cons

Neil Carmichael

Stroud

Cons

Gerald Howarth

Aldershot

Cons

James Clappison

Hertsmere

Cons

Laura Sandys

South Thanet

Cons

Julian Brazier

Canterbury

Cons

Gordon Henderson

Sittingbourne and Sheppey

Cons

Simon Reevell

Dewsbury

Cons

Chloe Smith

Norwich North

Cons

Brandon Lewis

Great Yarmouth

Cons

Simon Wright

Norwich South

Cons

Robert Goodwill

Scarborough and Whitby

Cons

Chris Heaton-Harris

Daventry

Cons

Andrew Lansley

Cambridgeshire

Cons

Christopher Pincher

Tamworth

Cons

Mark Pawsey

Rugby

Cons

John Glen

Salisbury

Cons

Paul Uppal

Wolverhampton South West

Cons

Karen Lumley

Redditch County

Cons

Robin Walker

Worcester

Cons

Harriet Baldwin

West Worcestershire

Cons

Roger Gale

North Thanet

Cons

Nicky Morgan

Loughborough

Cons

Jeremy Wright

Kenilworth and Southworth

Cons

Karl McCartney

Lincoln

Cons

Michael Fallon

Sevenoaks

Cons

Kelvin Hopkins

Luton North

Lab

Jim Cunningham

Coventry South

Lab

Sir Tony Cunningham

Workington

Lab

Karl Turner

Hull East

Lab

Mike Wood

Batley and Spen

Lab

Jon Ashworth

Leicester South

Lab

Luciana Berger

Liverpool Wavertree

Lab

Andy Love

Edmonton

Lab

Seema Malhotra

Feltham and Heston

Lab

Helen Jones

Warrington North

Lab

Ian Lavery

Wansbeck

Lab

Meg Munn

Sheffield Heeley

Lab

Alex Cunningham

Stockton North

Lab

Jamie Reed

Copeland

Lab

Ben Bradshaw

Exeter

Lab

Rosie Winterton

Doncaster Central

Lab

Ian Austin

Dudley North

Lab

Ian Mearns

Gateshead

Lab

Alison Seabeck

Portsmouth

Lab

George Howarth

Knowsley

Lab

Catherine McKinnell

Newcastle upon Tyne North

Lab

Andy Sawford

Corby

Lab

Angela Smith

Penistone and Stocksbridge

Lab

Bridget Phillipson

Houghton and Sunderland South

Lab

Ed Balls

Morley and Outwood

Lab

Jonathan Reynolds

Stalybridge and Hyde

Lab

Yvonne Fovargue

Makerfield

Lab

Lisa Nandy

Wigan

Lab

Emma Reynolds

Wolverhampton North East

Lab

Emma Lewell-Buck

South Shields

Lab

Andy McDonald

Middlesbrough

Lab

Mark Hendrick

Preston

Lab

Rosie Cooper

West Lancashire

Lab

Karen Buck

Westminster North

Lab

Chi Onwurah

Newcastle Central

Lab

Barry Sheerman

Huddersfield

Lab

Margaret Hodge

Barking

Lab

Sarah Teather

Brent East

Lib Dem

John Pugh

Southport

Lib Dem

Sir Alan Beith

Berwick upon Tweed

Lib Dem

Andrew Stunnell

Hazel Grove

Lib Dem

Ed Davey

Kingston

Lib Dem

Norman Baker

Lewes

Lib Dem

Sir Bob Russell

Colchester

Lib Dem

Duncan Hames

Chippenham

Lib Dem

Andrew George

St Ives

Lib Dem

Tom Brake

Carshalton and Wallington

Lib Dem

Paul Burstow

Sutton and Cheam

Lib Dem

Mark Hunter

Cheadle

Lib Dem

 

 

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