Video: Patients can force politicians to fund general practice, says GPC chair

The public has 'become wise' to the crisis in general practice and will 'force the issue' of NHS funding in the general election, GPC chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul has said.

Speaking to GPonline at the annual conference of LMCs in Edinburgh, Dr Nagpaul said patients would not 'be sold lies' by politicians on the NHS.

Asked how GPs could ensure the a government is elected which will fund the NHS, he said: 'GPs see 90% of the population in a year,' adding that 'our patients value and trust us'. GPs, he said, should argue the case for patients' care and safety.

GP crisis

LMC representatives were focused on finding ways to address the problems the services faced,Dr Nagpaul told GPonline.

The reality is 'the government is not listening', he said. 'When you are dealing with such intransigence, I think the profession recognises there is a limit to what we can do as GPC. Because what we need is a collective, public demand that the NHS is resourced properly.'

Dr Nagpaul said it was 'critical' to the survival of general practice that GPs support each other by 'resurrecting' the kind of collaboration that created out-hours cooperatives of the past. He called on NHS commissioners to ensure the £3 per patient transformation support in the GP Forward View is available to support that.

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