Two weeks to save general practice: RCGP targets 1m petition signatures

The RCGP has written to GPs across the UK in a bid to collect 1m signatures in support of its campaign to save general practice.

Dr Maureen Baker: call for 1m signatures on RCGP petition
Dr Maureen Baker: call for 1m signatures on RCGP petition

The college’s Put patients first: back general practice campaign aims to convince UK governments to raise the proportion of the NHS budget spent on primary care from 8.39% to 11%.

The campaign is also calling for 10,000 extra GPs to bolster the primary care workforce.

In a letter to GPs on Wednesday, RCGP chairwoman Dr Maureen Baker said that if each of the college’s 49,000 members asked 20 people to sign a petition backing the campaign, the college would be close to its 1m-signature target.

Two weeks to sign petition

The college has asked for petition booklets to be returned by 15 August – just over a fortnight away.

Dr Baker wrote: ‘We have engaged with the key politicians across the UK, convincing many of them that the funding crisis in general practice is now one of the major issues facing the NHS.

‘However, there is still more to do in order to persuade politicians to ensure that investment in general practice is increased in each of the four UK nations from 8.39% of the NHS budget now to 11% of the budget by 2017 – and that the GP workforce is increased by 10,000.

‘We need to demonstrate to the politicians that our patients are right behind us and want general practice to be adequately resourced, in order to provide decent patient care.’

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