General practice faces 'biggest workforce crisis since its inception', warn LMCs

General practice is experiencing the 'biggest workforce crisis since its inception', GP leaders will warn at this year's UK LMCs conference.

LMC conference: 2015 event will debate heavy workload
LMC conference: 2015 event will debate heavy workload

LMC representatives will also vote on calls for the profession to become an entirely salaried service at the conference in London on 21 and 22 May.

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A motion submitted by Hull and East Yorkshire LMC warns that the workforce crisis is greater than any the profession has faced before, and will call on whoever wins the 7 May general election to take a series of steps to address the crisis.

The new government must make GP funding, recruitment and retention its first priority, support GP returners and ensure that general practice is 'supported as an integrated progressive career from medical school right through to retirement'.

Workload and workforce issues once again look set to dominate the conference, with a motion from Glasgow LMC warning that 'the increase in GP workload and increase in GP work intensity is unsustainable and is a disincentive to join the profession leading to an exodus of doctors away from the profession'.

The conference will also hear calls to limit practice list size to 1,500 patients per full-time equivalent GP.

Scrap QOF

GPs will also debate calls for major changes to contracts and regulation - with calls for the QOF, the CQC and NHS 111 to be scrapped, and for general practice to operate under a single contract across the UK.

Liverpool LMC will warn that because of the erosion of the role of independent contractors, the GPC should actively explore 'the establishment of a fully costed and salaried GP service'.

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