Make your vote count for general practice, urges Londonwide LMCs leader

Voters must consider the need to boost GP numbers and maintain general practice when they cast their votes in the 7 May general election, the chief executive of Londonwide LMCs has warned.

Dr Michelle Drage: vote to help general practice
Dr Michelle Drage: vote to help general practice

A video appeal to Londoners from Londonwide LMCs chief executive Dr Michelle Drage warns that general practice is under 'great pressure', with numbers of practice closures in double figures in each of the past four years and many single-handed GPs set to retire soon.

Dr Drage said: 'We've heard from key leaders and workers in general practice about what the issues are affecting GPs and their teams’ ability to deliver the best care for their patients. These are the things you ought to be thinking about when casting your vote in the election tomorrow.'

GP election appeal

Dr Drage warned: 'There is great pressure on GPs' time, they need sufficient time to spend with their patients and they do not have it anymore. The capacity of general practice is also under pressure, we do not have enough GPs or nurses to manage the workload. There is additional work coming out of hospitals which is adding to the pressure and causing less time to be available to spend with patients.

'When you vote tomorrow, think about general practice, think about community services, and think about where you are placing your cross on the ballot paper.'

Londonwide LMCs launched a 'GP Resilience' campaign last year to help the profession fight bureaucracy and excessive workload.

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