Five Year Forward View offers no solution to GP crisis, warn LMCs

NHS England's Five Year Forward View is 'potentially damaging' to GPs and does not address how to resolve the GP crisis, LMCs have warned.

LMC conference 2015: GP crisis solution needed (Photo: David Millett)
LMC conference 2015: GP crisis solution needed (Photo: David Millett)

GPs at the 2015 LMCs conference backed a motion warning that NHS England's document 'does not address how the crisis in general practice is going to be resolved'.

New models of care proposed in the Five Year Forward View will herald further reorganisation and could ‘impose more change on the system that will take us years to recover from’, warned Dr Gwyn Elias, from Leeds LMC, who proposed the motion.

‘Few would argue about the benefits of working closer together. However, evidence that the wholesale moving of care into community is limited,’ she said.

GP funding

‘It removes more funding away from general practice to fund deficits elsewhere in the health and social care system. GPs and patients can ill afford that to happen.’

She argued that the government must work with doctors so as not to ‘impose potentially damaging solutions on us’, receiving wide support from attending GPs.

Delegates at the 2015 LMCs conference in London voted that local GPs should be ‘fully engaged’ in discussions about new models of care in their localities.

They agreed that any new models of care ‘should not involve pooling of the GMS/PMS global sum’ and called for the government to ‘declare that the underlying funding gap will be bridged’.

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