GPC launches 'pivotal' survey to shape future of general practice

GP leaders have launched a wide-ranging survey of the profession to help guide GPC policy in 2015.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul: poll to shape GPC plans
Dr Chaand Nagpaul: poll to shape GPC plans

GPs will be asked their opinions on issues such as the future of provider models, contracts, and access and opening times.

All UK GPs, including trainees, partners, salaried GPs and locums, will receive a copy of the survey in the post and by email.

Speaking to GP in December GPC chairman Dr Chaand Nagpaul said the GPC would use the results of the survey as part of its proposals to the next government on future models of general practice.

Pivotal survey

Launching the ‘pivotal’ survey, Dr Nagpaul said it would ‘help get the most comprehensive picture from GPs about their current work, how they wish to work in the future, under what arrangements, and importantly how they would like to see general practice develop’.

He added: ‘The results of the survey will be central to developing the BMA’s GP committee’s policy in 2015 and help shape a future that meets the needs of GPs and patients. It will help us send a clear message to politicians and policy makers in this election year, and will be a crucial opportunity for politicians to finally provide the backing that GP services need to be sustainable.’

Dr Nagpaul said the survey was being launched at a ‘critical juncture’ for general practice, with escalating workload, inadequate capacity and diminishing resources affecting morale, recruitment and retention and patient care.

GPs will be asked:

  • Do you support the continuation of a national GMS contract?
  • Has your practice joined a network or federation, and why?
  • Rank the top three factors essential to general practice.
  • To what you extent do you support maintaining the model of GPs being able to own their surgery premises?
  • Which of the models suggested in NHS England's Five Year Forward View report would be best to develop general practice?
  • Rank the factors which negatively impact your comitment to general practice.

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