GP pressures to dominate Welsh LMCs conference

Workload and workforce pressures look set to dominate the first LMCs conference of the year as GP representatives in Wales prepare to meet later this month.

Dr Charlotte Jones: pressure on GPs in Wales (photo: Ray Farley)
Dr Charlotte Jones: pressure on GPs in Wales (photo: Ray Farley)

Resourcing also dominates the agenda of the annual conference which takes place at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport on Saturday 15 February.

The conference, which will be addressed by Welsh health minister Mark Drakeford AM, is set to vote on a series of motions demanding government action on GP workforce problems.

GPs will vote on whether to demand ministers ‘urgently review’ the deplorable deterioration in workforce morale.

A motion submitted by Gwent LMC will call for the Welsh government to publicly debate and investigate recruitment and retention problems. 

North Wales will call on representatives to back their proposal for government financial incentives to ‘encourage younger doctors to take up posts in rural areas and to encourage older practitioners to remain in post’.

Further motions call on ministers to ‘come clean’ with the public about what the NHS can afford in the current economic climate, and deplore the ‘underfunding of the NHS in Wales’.

North Wales LMC will propose that conference ‘believes that the crisis in manpower in Welsh general practice is here and now, and that Welsh government should be urgently working on solutions now’.

While Gwent LMC representatives will ask GPs to demand that ministers acknowledge that ‘the same crises of demand exist in primary care as in secondary care’.

A motion submitted by Morgannwg will call for the government to increase the share of the Welsh NHS budget spent in general practice.

Other issues up for debate include, QOF, premises, revalidation, GP training and MPIG withdrawal.

Last month GPC Wales leaders announced a contract agreement to slash QOF by almost a third from April and remove MPIG top-ups to core practice funding by 2022.

GPC Wales chairwoman Dr Charlotte Jones said at the time there would be ‘lots of anxiety’ among GPs about the impact of removing MPIG.

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