GP consultation skills must be 'beefed up', says GPC chairman

GPs' consultation skills will need to improve as they become the commissioners of NHS services, GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman says.

Dr Buckman: making it compulsory to be part of consortium was ‘a good thing’
Dr Buckman: making it compulsory to be part of consortium was ‘a good thing’

Dr Buckman said GPs already practiced ‘shared-decision making’ when referring patients but that this would become more important as they take on commissioning and NHS resources contracts.

‘We are going to have to educate the next generation of GPs to work in a different world – consultation skills are going to have to be beefed up,’ he told the All Party Parliamentary Group on Primary Care in London.

Dr Buckman was responding to questions on the White Paper from the panel of MPs.

He said he believes consortia will form ‘fairly easily’ along geographic boundaries and that the reforms have 'the potential to save the NHS lots of money.’  

Making it compulsory to be part of consortium was ‘a good thing’ because it prevents groups of practices ‘ganging up on others’, he added.  

But he warned that when practice boundaries are removed and consortia start to differ in the treatments they are prepared to offer, people will start travelling hundreds of miles to see a GP.

‘If your local GP says they can’t afford a drug that could save your life, are you going to grin and bear it or are you going to get on a bus and go and find a GP [and a consortium] that will provide that drug?’

Dr Buckman responded to criticism that the BMA and GPC had been overly cautious in their response to the White Paper. He said they would take up a more robust position when legislation was set out.

‘We don’t know enough about what is proposed to take a position,’ he said.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Fitness to practise cases may remain unresolved after COVID-19 disruption

Fitness to practise cases may remain unresolved after COVID-19 disruption

Some fitness to practise cases may ‘prove impossible to resolve’ following delays...

GMC survey to assess COVID impact on GP training

GMC survey to assess COVID impact on GP training

Disruption to training for thousands of GPs during the COVID-19 pandemic will be...

GPs demand government review into unprecedented demand on general practice

GPs demand government review into unprecedented demand on general practice

GPs have demanded an urgent review into soaring demand on general practice, after...

Vaccination sites to offer Pfizer or Moderna vaccine to pregnant women

Vaccination sites to offer Pfizer or Moderna vaccine to pregnant women

Vaccination sites have been told to offer pregnant women the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19...

Fifth of adults fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as UK hits 10m second dose milestone

Fifth of adults fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as UK hits 10m second dose milestone

More than 10m people UK-wide have received both doses of COVID-19 vaccine - just...

Coronavirus: Key guidance GPs need to know about COVID-19

Coronavirus: Key guidance GPs need to know about COVID-19

GPonline provides an overview of the key guidance relating to coronavirus, including...