Video: Full speech of Dr Maureen Baker calling for new GP deal at RCGP annual conference
By Nick Bostock on the
1 October 2015
RCGP chairwoman Dr Maureen Baker set out a 'real new deal' for GPs at the RCGP annual conference, based on the five key points of more resources, more GPs, less red tape, the latest technology and infrastructure and freedom to innovate.
At the RCGP annual conference she criticised seven-day NHS plans for making it 'virtually impossible to recruit and retain GPs – in direct contradiction to the government’s stated aim of increasing the GP workforce by 5,000.'
The college chairwoman also criticised 'blatant bigotry' in medical schools by tutors who dismiss general practice as dealing with 'a parade of trivia'.
And Dr Baker said the NHS needed to re-focus on investment and support for healthcare in the community: 'We need an NHS that's properly set up to meet the complex clinical needs of people in the 21st century.'