GPs invite new MPs to visit general practice

The BMA is encouraging MPs to participate in its successful scheme to see how general practice operates first-hand.

With general practice high on the political agenda, this will be the third time the organisation has invited MPs, following the successful launch of the scheme in October 2008.

GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey said: ‘There are an unprecedented number of new MPs in parliament and with the prospect of future government legislation proposing to hand GPs greater commissioning powers, the visits will provide MPs with an invaluable opportunity to develop a practical understanding of the issues concerning general practice.’

At the time the general election was called in April this year, 160 visits had been arranged and MPs from across the political parties had participated in the scheme.

Dr John Hughes, from Manchester LMC and a member of GPC, took part in the scheme last year: ‘We found the visit extremely useful, with an exchange of views on items affecting our patient population and the current difficulties and pressures on general practice.’

Many of the MPs who took part praised the hard work and dedication of the practice teams.

'MPs and GPs can work together for the benefit of local patients and I would strongly encourage all practices to consider arranging such visits,' said Dr Hughes.

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