Welsh LMCs conference to warn GPs may be 'endangered species'

GPs at this year's Welsh LMCs conference will debate whether GPs in Wales 'should be regarded as an endangered species', with the recruitment crisis high on the agenda.

LMCs: GPs vote at an LMCs conference
LMCs: GPs vote at an LMCs conference

At the conference on 28 February GPs will vote on a series of motions calling for more action to ensure the GP workforce can handle growing demand.

GPs will warn that the ‘time for further project groups, working parties, task and finish groups is past and action on the GP workforce is required urgently’.

Dyfed Powys LMC put forward a motion to urge the Welsh government to ‘engage all stakeholders in the provision of GMS services to ensure that the impending crisis in the GP workforce is addressed’.

Misleading figures

Morgannwg LMC will propose a motion setting out its concern that the Welsh government is ‘giving a misleading picture of the actual GP workforce’ and call for it to publish data showing numbers of full-time equivalent GPs.

A similar motion submitted by Gwent LMC asks the conference to call on the Welsh government to ‘not quote headcounts as proof of an adequate workforce but to work to produce realistic figures and find solutions to the problems identified by the GP community’.

Gwent LMC will call on GPs to discuss whether problems with Wales NHS funding ‘can be attributed to the austerity programme implemented by the Westminster government’.

Other motions call on the Welsh government to ensure proper resources for primary care are in place to tackle workload pressures and for ‘health policy to be brought back to reality’.

The conference will also debate issues surrounding GP clusters, the GMS contract, and premises concerns.

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