MPs to vote on GP funding crisis

MPs will vote on Thursday on a motion calling on the health secretary to urgently secure the financial future of GP services.

Dr Maureen Baker: GPs need resources (Photo: RCGP)
Dr Maureen Baker: GPs need resources (Photo: RCGP)

The backbench business debate was sponsored by a cross-party group on MPs in response to the RCGP's Put Patients First campaign drawing attention to the pressures on the service.

The college is writing to all English MPs asking them to attend the debate and back the motion and calling on all its GP members to ask their own MPs to do so.

College chairwoman Dr Maureen Baker said the debate showed the message was getting through and that ‘politicians and decision makers are recognising the terrible situation that GPs have been dealing with for too long’.

Tangible resources needed

She added: ‘Ahead of the election this year we have heard welcome pledges from all major political parties in England, and there have also been encouraging developments in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. But we are yet to see these promises converted into tangible resources to relieve the immense pressure on GPs and enable them to provide high quality care to our patients.

‘General practice is the cornerstone of the health service – it keeps the NHS sustainable, and our patients safe – and we need to make sure that it is in a position to keep doing so for years to come. I would urge anyone to write to their politician and ask them to attend this debate on Thursday – the more politicians that do, and the more who show their support for our calls for more GPs and more resources for general practice, the better.’

MPs will vote on a motion recognising the ‘vital role’ played by GPs and noting the concerns of the College that services are under ‘severe strain’ with insufficient resources.

The debate begins after 11.30am on Thursday and will last three hours. GPs can send their MP a message calling on them to attend the debate via the Put Patients First website.

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