RCGP calls for longer consultation times

The RCGP has called for longer consultation times to allow GPs to deal with an ageing population with increasingly complex conditions.

Professor Field said the RCGP is showing how high-quality, cost effective care can be available to all
Professor Field said the RCGP is showing how high-quality, cost effective care can be available to all

The recommendation is just one of a number of proposals included in the RCGP's UK-wide manifesto for patient care, which also calls for extended training for GPs as more care is moved into the community.

‘This will give GPs the skills and confidence they need to manage more patients and their complex problems closer to home,' the manifesto said.  

The RCGP also outlined its support for practices working together, and in particular the development of federations of practices.

Meanwhile, it made a number of recommendations aimed at improving the health of the nation, including graphic pictures on alcoholic drinks warning of the risks of excess drinking.

RCGP chairman Professor Steve Field said: ‘Our health service faces a huge challenge: how to respond to reduced funding without reducing the quality of the services we provide, or the quality of the care our patients deserve.

‘The RCGP is up for the challenge and is already leading the way in showing how high-quality, cost effective care can be available to all, based on clinical need and not an individual's ability to pay.'

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